Rumor: Celtics, Heat interested in Evan Turner if Timberwolves buy him out
The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat are two of the teams that would be interested in forward Evan Turner, should he become available through a buyout from the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to Sean Deveney of Heavy.com.
The Timberwolves acquired Turner as part of a four-team trade with the Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, and Denver Nuggets. Turner is making $18.6 million as an expiring contract this season, and he has little use in Minnesota.
If he clears waivers, Turner could be brought in by his former team, the Celtics, who helped him secure a massive four-year, $70 million contract in the summer of 2016 after averaging 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists from 2014-16.
Boston’s starting five looks better by the minute, but the bench will need some help if they are to make waves in the postseason, though it doesn’t solve the 3-point issue that has the Celtics salivating for Washington Wizards marksman Davis Bertans.
The Heat have a roster spot available to seamlessly add Turner, bolstering their depth with a guard/forward combo able to run plays as an offense initiator as well as be a cog within the lineup.
Turner spent the early part of his career as a point guard and now has the necessary playoff experience to be a fit in Miami or Boston — two teams battling for a top-four seed in a see-saw Eastern Conference.
Turner could also be flipped in a different deal if the Wolves pull something off within the last few hours prior to the deadline, but if not, these two teams could be on the prowl for his services soon enough.