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Boston Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk: It’s too bad Evan Turner had to go

Evan Turner has never lived up to being the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, but that doesn’t mean he still isn’t a desirable teammate.

Boston Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk recently spoke about Turner and how much he’s going to miss him as a teammate.


“Unbelievable guy. It’s too bad that he had to go,” Olynyk said Wednesday during a visit to Canobie Lake Park before a Shamrock Foundation event. “It was good for him — really good for him. It’s tough. The business is different. You see over the years, you get close to guys, you have great teammates like Evan, but they have to do what’s best for them.”

That’s pretty high praise from Olynyk talking about a guy that’s under more heat than anything most of the time.

Turner has been a key part of Boston’s successful teams the past two seasons. He played in every game but one over the last two years, averaging 10.0 points per game. To Olynyk, he brought much more than that to the table.

Turner signed a four-year, $70 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers this summer. In an offseason where everyone was getting paid more than we’re used to seeing, the Turner deal still sticks out as one of the more unbelievable ones. Even with the inflated cap, it will be hard for Turner to live up to that contract.

But maybe there’s more to Turner than meets the eye, especially if you consider Olynyk’s comments.

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