The New York Knicks are apparently making a push at acquiring Boston Celtics guard Evan Turner either via trade or in free agency, according to latest NBA Trade Rumors.
Turner caught the attention of the Knicks after tallying 14 points and 10 rebounds in Boston’s victory at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.
The New York Daily News reckoned that Turner would fit perfectly into Phil Jackson’s triangle offense “Turner is an interesting player — a second overall pick who never became a superstar but is a pretty talented playmaker. He is exactly the type of big guard Jackson prefers in the triangle offense. And he’ll be a free agent this summer. He’s worth a long look,” wrote Frank Isola.
Turner would definitely be an upgrade from Arron Afflalo, who is on the wrong side of 30. Also, Afflalo’s season PER of 12.03 illustrates a steady decline. Turner is three years younger and a solid perimeter defender. Turner’s only weakness is his mediocre three-point shooting.
Recently, Turner fired his agent for agreeing to a deal with Boston Celtics that still pays him a little less than $4 million a year. Clearly, a player of his talents is worth a lot more than that. Turner is expected to secure a hefty contract this offseason.
The Knicks could explore a sign-and-trade option between Turner and Afflalo. If Boston agrees to trade Turner prior the February 18 deadline, they’d have to add an asset or two for the salaries to match. Why would Boston want to waste assets for a player who is approaching free agency?
PG still top priority
Even though Turner would be a good acquisition, replacing Jose Calderon with a top-tier Point Guard still remains the top priority for the Knicks. In recent months, they have been linked with the likes of Jeff Teague, Bradnon Jennings and Ty Lawson. They are expected to offer Mike Conley Jr. a max contract over the offseason.
Make no mistake about it, the Knicks need an elite general to compete with Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers.
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