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Report: Timberwolves interested in signing Evan Turner

Jul 10, 2014, 12:33 PM EDT

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Evan Turner’s stock went up some last season when the hapless Sixers played an up-tempo style and essentially just gave him a green light. He was scoring 17.4 points a game, and while not doing it very efficiently (.504 true shooting percentage) this was the best basketball he had played in the NBA.

So Larry Bird took a chance on him being able to bring some of that scoring and shot creation to the Pacers system… but no. Asked to play within a controlled offensive system and come off the bench, Turner withered.

So did his free agency leverage. No team watched him with the Pacers and thought, “We need to add that guy.” Some team is going to take a chance on Turner this summer — not for much money, but they will take a chance. The question is which one?

Maybe the Minnesota Timberwolves. That according to Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 in the Twin Cities.

A source tells 1500espn.com that the Wolves are targeting former Sixers and Pacers shooting guard Evan Turner, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 Draft. He became an unrestricted free agent after the Pacers didn’t extend an $8.7 million qualifying offer.

The Cavaliers also had some interest, but both Cleveland and Minnesota have much bigger things on its mind than Turner right now. Turner is not exactly anyone’s priority, but he is on the radar.

As a minimum or near minimum signing at a position where the team doesn’t need to rely on Turner, he can be a decent gamble.

It’s on Turner now — he has to play hard, accept his role and prove he can be a rotation player in this league. If he wants to keep getting those checks, he needs to show he can play in a system and be more efficient. if not, he’ll be collecting his checks in Europe.

  1. 2016olympics - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Turner is definitely better than he showed in Indy. Maybe not quite as good as the 17.4 PPG, 6 RPG, 3.7 APG he averaged last year with Philly. He’s a steal for whichever team can get him into a comfort zone and an established role. Definitely don’t think he’s going to be “collecting his checks in Europe.”

    • llfreedman - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      No. Turner is actually pretty bad. He doesn’t do anyhing well except rebound relative to the position. It took me a long time to admit it, but his career may have peaked putting up solid numbers of that Philly team with little other options. He dribbles too much, doesn’t have good court vision, is slow for an nba guard/wing, and can’t shoot.

  2. nbascreed - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    “keep getting those checks”…you’re bitin’ Jalen now…#lame

  3. harshedmellow - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    League minimum?! Aww heck no!

    He’ll get around 5 mil/year. Guys who can average 17 PPG in the NBA don’t just grow on trees.

  4. unfrozencavemanlawyer2 - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    I find it hard to believe there isn’t a robust market for an inefficient shooting guard who can’t shoot and has little to no interest in playing defense. But- this is the NBA. Some brain dead GM will give him $20-$30mm guaranteed for the next 4-5 years.

    • muhangis - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      Because he was a complete undeserving #2 pick.. somehow some way it happened!

  5. jammer73 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Just what the Wolves need. Some more 2’s and 3’s.

  6. edavidberg - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    The way the Pacers collapsed after he got there it’s not surprising people are wary of signing him. I’m thinking he either gets signed for the minimum or gets a max of about $2 million but he’s going to have to play on a cheap deal to establish his value.

  7. christophershearin - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    dude is garbage

  8. officialgame - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    The guy can’t play worth a lick and is selfish to boot. There are 15 D league guards more worthy of a contact then Turner who Doug Collins chose 2nd in the 2011 weak draft.

    • readysethike - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      Yep, you are right, one of those DLeague guards that can ball is Dequan Jones

  9. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    If Minny trades Love to Cleveland for Dion Waiters et al then this Timberwolves team is going to be loaded with dysfunction.

  10. doncorleone17 - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    He’s not overrated. The Pacers weren’t a fit at all for Turner, he’s a scorer he’s not goona be effective coming of the bench he needs the ball in order to be effective. I think the Pacers would of been a lot better if they started Turner over Stephenson because Stephenson has been used of the bench before and has had a lot of success and Turner would of played a lot better if he started because he only has to share the ball with Paul George who’s more of a all around player then a scorer.

    • xmatt0926x - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      He’s a scorer? Have you seen him play? I guess most players who are athletic enough to play in the NBA could be “scorers” if they threw up enough shots on a bad team.

    • moppop - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      You’re not putting a guy who lead the league in triple-doubles on the bench.

      • dablakdrphil - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        I agee with @moppop to a degree. Anybody who leads the league in Triple Doubles should be starting, however; Indiana lacked a bench.

        Even with some of the off season signings they did with CJ Watson and Luis Scola last year, their bench was still an issue which is why they got ET.

        The way ET plays he probably should’ve started because he needs the ball in his hands as much as possible to be effective and allow a player like Lance to come off the bench, I think that might’ve improved their bench,

        Also remember when the Lakers won their last title in 2010 and Phil told Lamar to come off the bench as much as LO was against doing that it ended up being the best thing for him. He was able to win a title and win 6th man in 2011, so I actually agree with other people on this website that feels Lance should’ve came off the bench

      • moppop - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:56 PM

        Opportunity cost is where your logic falls apart. Every minute that ET is out there on starters minutes is a minute in which Stephenson isn’t playing (unless they rotate). With the way Stephenson played THROUGHOUT the year, there is literally no logic to sit him unless for rest.

        If ET needs 30 minutes to get what Lance would get off the bench, then obviously the better play is to stick with Lance who gives you better upside.

        Yes, Indiana’s bench was week but you DON’T improve it by SITTING a starter because now your starting lineup suffers.

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