The LA Clippers could be bringing in one of Paul George’s former Indiana Pacers teammates.
Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports reported on Saturday that veteran forward Evan Turner is working out this weekend for the LA Clippers.
The ex-No. 2 overall pick was just acquired by the Minnesota Timberwolves but is a likely buyout candidate on a young, rebuilding team. He is averaging 3.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game this season, but those numbers were deflated by a limited role on the Atlanta Hawks.
The 37-18 Clippers have some depth issues on the wing, especially with Paul George hurting and Kawhi Leonard still not playing in back-to-back games. Meanwhile, Maurice Harkless is gone, Marcus Morris, who was acquired in Harkless’ place, is more of a 4 or a 5, and Landry Shamet is a little undersized.
The NBA trade deadline is fewer than 48 hours away, and teams are working hard on possible deals. One such trade could involve three teams or even a fourth, and would include a few big names switching teams.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on Tuesday that the Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets are in serious talks about a 3-team trade.
The trade would involve Robert Covington being dealt from Minnesota to Houston; Clint Capela from Houston to Atlanta; and Evan Turner plus draft picks to Minnesota.
Sources: Minnesota, Atlanta, Houston are in serious discussions on a deal that would send Robert Covington to Rockets and Clint Capela to the Hawks. Evan Turner and draft compensation involved in current talks to Timberwolves. Potential fourth team too.
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.
This is essentially a swap of veteran wings who are entering contract years, but Bazemore should be a nice fit in Portland, a team with playoff ambitions in a potentially wide-open Western Conference. He’s a good defender who can shoot from three fairly capably. Turner, a reserve for Portland last year, essentially becomes a veteran leader on a young Atlanta team with a gift for a good quote from time to time.
Evan Turner offered a great quote on Wednesday about Brad Stevens’ potty mouth.
A video clip of Stevens dropping an F-bomb during Tuesday’s game circulated online, leaving many taken aback because of Stevens’ choir boy image. The video didn’t surprise Turner though.
Turner is in his third season with Portland after spending the previous two in Boston under Stevens. He says he saw Stevens’ transition to the dark side and was well aware of the kind of language the coach is capable of.
Evan Turner said he was unfazed by Brad Stevens’ F bomb: “My second year He went from being PG rated Lizzy McGuire to all-out Mean Girls.”
Brad Stevens has changed from his Butler days! Stevens is now in his sixth season as the head coach of the Celtics and known for his work in Boston just as much as for his six seasons at Butler. And he has the edge to match now too.
NBA teams have not even played 10 percent of their regular season games this year, and there is already a rivalry brewing over which player will take home the league’s Sixth Man of the Year Award.
Derrick Rose is a great candidate for the award, as he is off to a hot start with the Minnesota Timberwolves and has shown flashes of the star player he used to be. He’s averaging 14.3 points and 4.9 assists per game with the Timberwolves following a couple of lost seasons in New York and Cleveland, and he spoke this week about how winning the Sixth Man of the Year Award is one of his goals.
D-Rose says his goal is to win the 6th man award this season
He’s not the only one gunning for the hardware, however. Clippers guard Lou Williams, who is averaging 16.7 points per game, is also campaigning for it. The same goes for Evan Turner, who’s off to a slightly less impressive start with 9.3 points, 4.1 assists and 4.7 rebounds in Portland.
We can’t remember many seasons where guys were openly campaigning to win Sixth Man of the Year less than a month in, but here we are. If Rose can stay healthy, he’s probably the favorite now that he is playing under Tom Thibodeau again and dealt with so much drama over the past year or so. We’ll try to contain our excitement as the battle rages on.