In Evan Turner’s return to Boston, he won’t be stepping out onto the court for any games.
But that doesn’t mean the 10-year NBA veteran’s impact is lessened according to Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who confirmed the the recent hiring of Turner as an assistant coach during his media availability Friday.
Turner, who had two successful seasons playing in Boston before signing a four-year, $70 million deal with the Portland Trailblazers following the 2015-16 season, will join the Celtics coaching staff in the coming weeks and is expected to focus on player development, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
“He’s a special guy. Obviously, a really good player at a lot of places. Had two great years here,” Stevens said. “Just loves to be around the game and really loves to help people. He’s real service orientated. He’s a team guy and I think all of our players will love having him around. I think a lot of our younger players will really benefit from his advice, his experience and all that comes with that.”
"A lot of the younger guys will really benefit from his advice & experience."— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) December 4, 2020
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Turner flourished in his two seasons with the Celtics in Brad Stevens’ system as a ball-handling forward and the 32-year-old Turner concluded his NBA playing career last year by suiting up in 19 games for the Atlanta Hawks.
Turner, who was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, now transitions to a role that has the approval of not only Stevens, but Celtics players as well.
“I thought that was a great move by the front office,” Jaylen Brown said. “Having people who’ve played the game that are around, played at a high level and just finished playing, I think just having him around is an added benefit to our team. We can relate. He can relate to us. He knows how our minds are thinking. Having him in those coaches meetings are going to be important.”