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Evan Turner to those saying he is overpaid: ‘Kiss my a–’

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Evan Turner knows of a place where you can direct all of your complaints about his contract.

In an interview with NBC Sports Northwest’s Jason Quick that ran on Sunday, the Portland Trail Blazers swingman fired back at those labeling him overpaid.

“First off, let me say one thing: Everything I have done, I have earned,” said Turner. “My contract – that’s my bread, and I earned my bread. So, kiss my a–. Dead serious. Write that. I earned that (expletive) money.

“At the end of the day, winning matters,” the former No. 2 overall pick added. “Character matters. And what you are willing to sacrifice matters. I think my biggest steps and growth are being able to compartmentalize the things that really matter. I used to waste a lot of time worrying about things that don’t matter. Who gets credit and all that stuff … it doesn’t matter.”

Turner, 29, is currently in Year 2 of a four-year, $70 million contract with the Blazers. He holds averages of 8.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists in 25.6 minutes per game this season.

Indeed, Turner is far from a flashy player and does his damage primarily from the forgotten real estate of the midrange. But he does a little bit of everything well and is able to contribute for the 40-26 Blazers in a way that does not always show up on the box score. As for the matter of his contract though, even Turner has to admit that this is a much different tune than the one that he was singing when it was first offered.

Evan Turner has funny suggestion for how to hold referees accountable

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Evan Turner thinks so far outside of the box that there is no box.

The Portland Trail Blazers swingman took to Twitter on Tuesday to pitch a funny suggestion for how to ensure officials are held accountable for bad calls.

Ah, of course. How could we have missed the ol’ Red Forman fix?

Referee answerability has become a major hot-button issue in the NBA lately with the continuing debate over the league’s last two-minute reports as well as other various cries for reform. But the always-opinionated Turner may have just come up with the greatest solution to the problem we’ve seen yet.

Evan Turner poses a great question regarding Kristaps Porzingis trade rumors

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Evan Turner took to his Twitter account and posed an interesting question regarding the reports the Knicks are open to trading Kristaps Porzingis.

Leading up to the draft, rumors have been flying fast and furious regarding players and draft picks that could be (and in some cases have been) on the move. Among them was a report the Knicks are willing to listen to offers for the super talented Porzingis.

Phil Jackson is, of course, the president of the Knicks and would need to sign off on any deal involving Porzingis. He also had a long relationship with Lakers president Jeanie Buss, which included an engagement that came to an end late last year. With all of that said, Turner threw this out for us to ponder.

How’s that for things that make you go hmmm?

Jeanie Buss factor aside, should the Knicks be serious about trading Porzingis, New York should have no shortage of teams to choose from as a destination for him. The Celtics are reportedly one team interested in acquiring the 21-year-old.

Evan Turner has strong opinion on white condiments

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Condiments, as you may know, are surprisingly controversial, especially online.

Portland Trail Blazers forward Evan Turner has some pretty strong ones, particularly relating to white condiments.

That’s a new level of disgust. It’s one thing if you’re not a mayo fan. It’s something else entirely if you refuse to even look at it out o a lack of trust.

Of course, Turner may just be missing out. What if something mayo-related could lift Turner’s game to new heights, like it once did for the Washington Nationals? Would that be enough to change his mind on things?

Evan Turner sends funny response to Rajon Rondo post

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Evan Turner saw Rajon Rondo’s Instagram post heard ’round the basketball world, and he had a funny response.

The Portland Trail Blazers forward sent the following tweet not long after Rondo blasted his Chicago Bulls teammates on Instagram:

Rondo went off on Chicago’s leadership after seeing Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler rip the team following a loss on Wednesday. Now you have Turner trying to play fight promoter and coordinate a battle.

As for the Soulja Boy/Chris Brown fight, well the two rappers had beef after Soulja Boy liked a photo on Instagram of Brown’s ex, Karrueche Tran. The two were supposed to have a celebrity boxing fight, but that hasn’t happened yet. Maybe we can get the Bulls involved.

DeAndre Jordan, Evan Turner ejected for scrap (Video)

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DeAndre Jordan and Evan Turner were ejected from Monday’s Trail Blazers-Clippers game after getting into a scrap in the final minute.

Jordan blocked a Damian Lillard layup attempt and stood over him afterwards, which ruffled the feathers of Portland’s players. Turner pushed Jordan, then Jordan started putting his finger in Turner’s face. Turner swatted away Jordan’s fingers and then the two were separated.

Turner and Jordan were hit with double technicals, resulting in their ejection from the game.

Evan Turner admits he was stunned by Blazers’ $70 million offer


If you were surprised that the Portland Trail Blazers paid Evan Turner $70 million, you’re not alone. It turns out Turner was just as surprised as you were.

According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, upon learning of the contract offer, a stunned Turner called up friend and mentor Andre Iguodala in shock.

Turner was instructed by his agent not to tell anyone about the offer, but he couldn’t help but call Iguodala and exclaim “Yo, Dre! They offered this!”

Iguodala, for what it’s worth, told Turner to take the deal immediately.

Turner’s deal was certainly a stunner. That said, he wasn’t the only player to be utterly shocked by how much a team was willing to pay him.

H/T theScore

Photo via Instagram/Evan Turner