Evan Turner Rumors

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Evan Turner
Evan Turner
Position: G-F
Born: 10/27/88
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:207 lbs. / 93.9 kg.
Salary: $3,425,510
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Arizona’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Virginia’s Justin Anderson are among the players expected to work out for the Celtics next week. Hollis-Jefferson, projected to go anywhere from the middle of the first round to the early 20s, is arguably the most defensive-ready wing player in this year’s draft. And during the Chicago pre-draft combine last month, the 6-foot-7-inch Hollis-Jefferson said he is familiar with the Celtics and some of the current players. “I know Evan Turner, (Marcus) Smart,” said Hollis-Jefferson who is from Chester, Pa. “When Evan Turner was with the Sixers, I grew a relationship with him. He’s a real good guy.”
Turner may have benefitted in particular from his interaction with Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga, considered by most to be future head coach material in the NBA. Larranaga is the latest coach to tackle the enigma of Turner’s jump shot. “He just helped me as a player, growing and preparing. He’s a good coach and a good mentor,” said Turner. “Everything is preparation. My catch and shoot still has a ways to go. But we talk about the overall game. Shooting is just one part.”
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Turner can relate his own experience to what other players might see this summer when looking at the Celtics as a potential free agency destination. Those Boston winters, and especially the last one, mark everything most NBA free agents don’t want in a new city. But the organization, and especially the environment under Stevens, make up for the blustery shortcomings, according to Turner. “Regardless, Boston is always a destination team,” he said. “Somebody will always come, whether we make the playoffs or not. It’s the energy and emotion. I’ve talked to some friends who have come here and played: They see that the crowd is crazy, the fan base is crazy, even when we weren’t in the playoff race at the time. People still show up. It’s about basketball, not other gimmicks. There’s certain organizations,” said Turner. “The people who work here are classy people. The city is like that. There aren’t many people walking around parading other sports teams. It’s all Boston, compared to some of the places I’ve played in. It’s been fun.”