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Report: Evan Turner joining Celtics as assistant coach

Brad Stevens, Evan Turner, Celtics

Evan Turner is set to rejoin the Boston Celtics, where he played from 2014-2016 and helped the team to back-to-back playoff appearances. But instead of joining the team’s roster, he’ll now be a part of head coach Brad Stevens’ coaching staff.

Turner, a 10-year NBA veteran, is reportedly finalizing a deal to join the Celtics as an assistant coach who will focus on player development, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Turner, who was taken with the second overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2010 NBA Draft, has played for five teams over his 10-year career. The former Ohio State Buckeye averaged 9.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.5 assists while shooting 43.4% from the field and 29.4% from beyond the arc.

The 32-year old played for the Sixers for four seasons before joining the Portland Trail Blazers, Indiana Pacers, Celtics, and the Atlanta Hawks before being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in February, although he didn’t suit up for the Wolves.

Turner played 163 games in two seasons for the Celtics from 2014-2016, averaging 10 points, five rebounds, five assists, and one steal while shooting 42.8% from the field and 31.5% from downtown. During his time in Boston, he helped the Celtics make consecutive playoff appearances, which both ended in first-round losses to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks. He left the Celtics in the summer of 2016 when he signed a four-year, $70 million deal with the Trail Blazers.

Turner joins an improved Celtics team, one that has a couple of All-Stars in Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum and is coming off a run to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they lost to the Miami Heat in six games.