By Steve Kelly
You could have knocked me over with a feather when it was announced that:
Evan Turner had signed a deal with Blazers: 4 years, $70 million!
Why does this seem like a crazy contract?
He dribbles the life out of the ball, can’t shoot a 3-pointer to save his life, and he’s now going to start next to C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard when you don’t want the ball in his hands over theirs.
As CBSSports.com said:
It’s hard to tell just how good Turner is. He might end up being the Enes Kanter of the wing position in the NBA. He can put up some stats. He can rebound. He also probably hurts you more consistently than he helps you. When you can re-sign Allen Crabbe for a cheaper price, you’re going to put Turner ahead of him (assuming you re-sign Crabbe anyway) and probably stunt his growth and opportunities. And why? For Evan Turner? Neil Olshey is trustworthy but this is a confusing fit.
How is this actually a sane deal? Can he be the LaMarcus Aldridge of third option wings on a playoff team? Does that even make sense or have a shred of coherent thought to it? With the star guards spreading the floor, Turner will have that mid-range area he loves so much wide-open. He could do some damage there and he can possibly add consistent wing defense to this team. If he doesn’t monopolize the ball too much, he could be a good weapon when staggered with the second unit on the floor.