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Agent spins Evan Turner could have gotten $10 million a year if he’d stayed in Philly. Nope.

Jul 22, 2014, 4:20 PM EDT

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The Indiana Pacers could have kept Evan Turner for $8.7 million a year but chose not to, they did not extend a qualifying offer to him and making him an unrestricted free agent.

Turner, the 2010 No. 2 pick, got nibbles but was not one of the big players in free agency and ended up signing with Boston for a portion of their mid-level exception on a two-year deal.

Turner averaged 17.4 points a game for a Sixers team that needed someone to take shots. If the Sixers hadn’t traded him, Turner’s agent David Falk spun that Turner could have gotten an eight figure contract, speaking to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

“I think he was probably the most undervalued free agent on the market. Evan was in a dramatically different situation the day before the deadline than he was when he finished the year. He didn’t get a lot of playing time in Indiana unfortunately…

“Had Evan stayed in Philly with those kind of numbers, more than likely he would have made in excess of $10 million a year,” he said. “So we obviously didn’t want to lock him into a long-term kind of a deal, and I think, likewise, the Celtics want to see. They know Evan was the national Player of the Year (in 2009-10). They know that over the last two years he’s averaged 14, 6 and 4 (13.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists), which are pretty good numbers. So I think this is an opportunity for him to re-establish his value in a new environment.

Ten million a year? Um… no.

That’s what any good agent should spin, but that’s not how things would have worked out. If he had not been traded Turner likely would have made more than he ultimately was offered because some GM would have been more inclined to give him a shot, but a lot of teams feared that Turner’s numbers in Philly were system related.

Turner averaged 17.4 a game in Philly last season but he didn’t do it efficiently, taking 58.5 percent of his shots from the midrange and with a true shooting percentage below the league average at .504. Basically he’s a volume shooter who lives and dies by a shot teams are trying to take fewer of.

Falk is right this is a reclamation project — Turner has got the chance in Boston to show he can score within a system (here is a good breakdown of Turner’s game). Turner does some things well, he plays a smart game and is a good rebounder for his position, but he’s got to become a more efficient scorer and be able to consistently hit threes somewhere on the court other than the left corner.

Do that and we can talk about how much Turner gets paid in 2016.

  1. patfic5 - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Lol. Me too.

  2. timberwolvesbrisin - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    ET phone home…

  3. jattsoorma - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    with the spending craze during this free agency period, he would have gotten more than he ended up getting

  4. loubearkane - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    He needs to change his game if he wants a long lucrative career

  5. mp4philly - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Bu, bu, bu, BUST! And we could have had Cousins.

  6. jetsfaninindy - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Cocaine is a hell of a drug. -Rick James

  7. ravenswhat - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    The NBA is a strange league. There are guys that play 20 mpg avg 8 points and 5 rebounds and get 25 mill over 4 years. Them you have a guy like turner who gets a minimum offer after 17/6/4. He’s no world beater but he’s a nice player.

    • spursareold - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      He stinks. He is the DEFINITION of empty stats.

    • muhangis - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:55 AM

      The minutes per game is the key part you mentioned. If a guy scores 8 pts & 5 rebs in 20 mins as you mentioned, that is quite exceptionally good! Alot of guys in the NBA can only do so much about their minutes, even if they play well, it’s all up to the coach!

      Within his minutes, Turner is not as productive. Plus he had a high turnover rate last season (1 ever 12 mins he’s on the court), he gets very few steals per game, and Turner’s defense is overall poor.

      He was a #2 overall pick, I was amazed at the time cause I didn’t see it in his college game.

      A travesty how Cousins fell to #4…. Cousins is a powerhouse!!

  8. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    I think some small market team definitely would have offered Turner $8-10 million per if he hadn’t been exposed in Indiana. There were a lot of NBA pundits saying the Turner trade was going to put Indy over the top in the East. Obviously everybody was horribly wrong… that happens. There’s dudes worse than him that got $10 million. Heck, Eric Gordon & Tyreke Evans are going to get paid over $25 next season.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      Agreed with this. This is what happens every year with the NBA – several desperate GMs pursue the same 3 players at a position that are universally considered to be good.

      Only 3 teams get them. The remaining couple of teams then talk themselves into making offers for players who put up numbers that look good from afar but are revealed to be empty when observed up close (i.e. stats showing he’s inefficient on offense, a sieve on defense), and yet one GM makes an offer everybody can see from a mile away is a bad move.

      The fact that the Pacers refused to play Turner even when they desperately needed a boost from their bench revealed that Turner wasn’t a guy who could produce at either end of the floor when he’s not allowed to dominate the ball and chuck up shots.

    • 5xchamp24 - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:05 AM

      Are you saying that Evan Turner is better than Tyreke Evans And Eric Gordon? What are you smoking dude, no way

    • muhangis - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:03 AM

      I agree that Gordon is hella overpaid! I don’t necessarily agree that he’s a worse player. Evans had a hell of a year in Orleans last year that went under the radar! Just take a look at what Tyreke did per 36 mins – 18.5 p, 6.4 ast, 6.1 reb…. that is very good!

      Tyreke Evans, by what he has been able to do lately and showing what he did in his 20 yr old rookie season, is worth the money.

  9. mungman69 - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    I believe that Evan should just be glad that he has a job. The knock on him coming out of Ohio State was that he couldn’t shoot well but I remember him making a lot of shots there.

    • muhangis - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      Your comment overall makes no sense… your points doesn’t add up

  10. campcouch - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    He probably would have. There’s a long list of underproductive and overpaid players.

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