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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Evan Turner reportedly a buyout candidate with Hawks prioritizing youth

Evan Turner

Former No. 2 overall pick Evan Turner could soon become available to aid a contending team.

Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reported Friday that the Atlanta Hawks swingman is “definitely” a buyout candidate. Turner, who was not active for the team’s contest against the Boston Celtics, told reporters that the Hawks talked to him and Chandler Parsons about being inactive for the foreseeable future in favor of their younger players.

Turner and Parsons are both in the final seasons of their respective contracts, but only Turner appears to be a useful contributor at this point of his career. While he has been limited to 3.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 12.8 minutes per game this season, the 31-year-old Turner is a capable secondary ball-handler with a strong midrange shot.

If Turner is indeed bought out of the $18.6 million left on his deal by the 7-27 Hawks, he would join a market with other intriguing playmakers as well.

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