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Hawks GM Travis Schlenk comments on Evan Turner, Kent Bazemore trade with Blazers

The Atlanta Hawks acquired Evan Turner from the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday in exchange for Kent Bazemore.

Hawks general manager and head of basketball operations Travis Schlenk released a statement on the trade, thanking Bazemore for his contributions in Atlanta and praising Turner’s versatility on the court.

“We are happy to add Evan to our team, a veteran who we believe can help our club,” Schlenk said. “The versatility he has shown throughout his career will be valuable for us this season.

“We are appreciative of Kent’s contributions to the Hawks organization and to the greater Atlanta community over the last five years. We wish him and his family all the best in Portland.”

Evan Turner has one year left on his contract. He’ll make $18,606,557 next season. It sounds like the Hawks are planning to keep the veteran swingman.

Turner averaged 6.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists this past season with the Blazers. He shot 46.0 percent from the field, 21.2 percent from beyond the arc and 70.8 percent from the free-throw line. Turner, who was the second overall pick in the 2010 Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, has career averages of 9.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists.

The Hawks selected Duke small forward Cam Reddish in the 2019 NBA Draft. Moving Bazemore frees up more minutes for Reddish. Turner usually plays a point-forward role.