Blazers sign, introduce ex-Celtic Evan Turner

Evan Turner signed a 4-year, $70 million deal

(L-R) Blazers GM Neil Olshey, free agent signee Evan Turner and Coach Terry Stotts, July 7, 2016 (KOIN)
(L-R) Blazers GM Neil Olshey, free agent signee Evan Turner and Coach Terry Stotts, July 7, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Six days after agreeing to terms with free agent Evan Turner, the former Boston Celtic signed his new deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Blazers and Turner agreed on a 4-year, $70 million deal, the Associated Press reported.

Turner, who was drafted No. 2 overall by the 76ers in 2010, spent the last two seasons with the Boston Celtics. Last year, the 6-foot-7 wing averaged 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists as Boston’s sixth man. It was his best season since 2013-14.

When the deal was announced, Turner’s agent Kevin Bradbury tweeted: “Perfect fit for a player ready for next level!!”

The former Ohio State star drew interest from several teams, but opted for Portland, who made it to the second round of the NBA playoffs this past season before falling to Golden State.

Blazers get Napier, Layman

The Trail Blazers acquired guard Shabazz Napier in a trade with the Orlando Magic for cash considerations. The Blazers also formally signed forward Jake Layman, acquired in a draft-day trade.

Napier was selected by the Charlotte Bobcats with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2014 draft out of Connecticut. He was traded to Orlando a year ago, and averaged 3.7 points and 1.8 assists in 55 games last season.

Layman was selected with the 47th overall pick in this year’s draft by Orlando before he was traded to the Blazers. He averaged 10.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in four years at Maryland.

KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.

(L-R) Blazers GM Neil Olshey, free agent signee Evan Turner and Coach Terry Stotts, July 7, 2016 (KOIN)
(L-R) Blazers GM Neil Olshey, free agent signee Evan Turner and Coach Terry Stotts, July 7, 2016 (KOIN)

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