With all due respect to Timofey Mozgov, we may have a new frontrunner for the “He got HOW much??” sweepstakes of 2016. Evan Turner has agreed to a four-year, $70 million deal to play with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Looking to add more talent/depth on the wing this offseason, the Blazers were in the Chandler Parsons sweepstakes, but he opted to go with Memphis for a four-year max deal. Clearly, Neil Olshey and company had a backup plan ready to go, though, as they got Turner inked within minutes of Parsons announcing his decision to play with the Grizz.
Turner averaged 10.5 points on 43 percent shooting for the Celtics last season while playing 28 minutes per game. That certainly doesn’t sound like someone worth $17.5 million per season, but the combination of the lack of quality wing players in free agency, and the new $94 million cap, means Turner gets to cash in while much better players who aren’t free agents this year will have to just accept the fact that Evan Turner is a richer man than they are.
As a reminder, Steph Curry’s salary this upcoming season will be around $12.1 million.
Also, never forget.
(Via Adrian Wojnarowski)