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Evan Turner has big group of teams calling, but Boston Celtics not on the list yet

Celtics free agent Evan Turner will reportedly see a lot of interest as free agency begins. But the Celtics may not be one of those teams making an early offer.

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Evan Turner is proving to be a hot commodity on the free agent market after a resurgent season with the Boston Celtics. Sporting News’ Sean Deveney reported minutes before free agency began midnight Friday that six teams will pursue Turner: New York KnicksChicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies. Notably absent from that list are the Celtics, who only hold early bird rights for Turner.

The Celtics are expected to get a chance to compete with Turner’s best offers, a source told CelticsBlog. Turner enjoyed the most productive season of his career with the Celtics, finishing toward the top of sixth man of the year voting and proving to be a vital starter when injuries crushed the Celtics during the playoffs this year.