Per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, one of the most trusted newsbreakers in the NBA media, the Clippers will hold a workout for guard/wing Evan Turner today.

Turner is a 10-year NBA veteran who has played for the Sixers, Pacers, Celtics, Blazers, and Hawks, and is currently on the Wolves. However, Haynes also tweeted that he’s working out with the Wolves permission and that a buyout is pending. Turner has career averages of 9.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in 26.9 minutes per game as a starter or key backup. He’s wing-sized at 6’6″, but frequently runs the offense as a point guard due to his playmaking, ball-handling, and lack of utility off the ball.

The Clippers only have 13 players on their roster right now, so they have two spots available. Turner would certainly fit a need as both a point guard and wing, especially while Patrick Beverley is out. He’s a veteran who has played in big games, and would have the trust of the Clippers key players. Turner is also at least a competent defender with size to switch across several positions, and that’s always valuable.

All that said, Turner is clearly not a needle-mover at this stage of his career. He would be fine for a handful of minutes per game when the Clippers are dealing with injuries (or load management), so as the 14th man and veteran minimum pickup he would fit fine. A well-liked personality in the league, there shouldn’t be much fear of any other chemistry issues. Turner is not a game-changer, but he would be a solid pickup.

31 Comments

  • Avatar crvnzw says:

    I really like it. He will make sense for us.
    In this league, he has been playing kinda like the backup point guard role on offense. Blazers had played him as their backup point guard. Defensively, he won’t be a liability thanks to his strong 6’7 frame. A willing passer, solid cutter, facilitator and switch-able defender.
    Like I said before, adding tiny point guard like Isaiah Thomas(already got waived tho) or tiny combo guard like Tyler Johnson doesn’t make sense because of Lou’s presence. We already have a tiny guard so we better add a big guard like Reggie Jackson(highly unlikely*) or a point forward (literally Evan Turner).

    There is no starter caliber or solid backup point guard on the market. It’s a best pick up for Clippers.

    • Avatar TheGreatestShowman says:

      So you’re not a bot…

      • boltsfan21 boltsfan21 says:

        We really need likes in the comment section of game articles. And also flags, since I would’ve flagged the first appearance of this nut job on our new site on gp. We can’t let this virus infect our new host.

        • Avatar Clipporvida says:

          BF21 you are so right! As soon as this virus starts his redundant, slandering of the squad I’m all for the community ban button. Having a personal opinion I can respect. Trying to drive it down my throat is another. Turner may or may not be a good pickup but as a safety valve it’s not such a bad thing. I’ve seen him do positive things on each of his NBA stops.. it’s always that Vet that makes a game changing play during the playoffs that either saves or impacts the outcome of a game. Go Clips!

        • Avatar chogokin says:

          For sure. Gotta quarantine this before it gets outta hand, like what happened over at what’s left of CN.

        • Avatar KMarsh86 says:

          I agree! Crazies are for that other site… Crap Nation

        • Avatar AndreyDKS says:

          And 1-5 stars

    • Avatar osamu says:

      This is the reason I kinda liked Iggy, but Turner on a buyout probably makes more sense than 17M (+30M extension) to Iggy.

      They have PG sized players, but need more ball handling, playmaking, and defense on the wings.

      Evan Turner probably isn’t good enough to crack the rotation when everyone is healthy, but at this point, I don’t think we can count on everyone being healthy. Someone like ET helps if either PatBev or PG is out for another decent stretch.

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  • Avatar KMarsh86 says:

    Yeah we could definitely use him while Pat Bev & Paul George are out with their nagging muscle injuries. Another positive out of this could be for Terance Mann… seems like Evan Turner could be a good mentor for him to model his game after. They have similar size and skill sets.

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  • Avatar TheGreatestShowman says:

    Hope the Coffey Crew doesn’t take offense but I prefer a proven vet soaking up minutes rather than a rookie (or McGruber).

  • Avatar crvnzw says:

    Adding proven vet is pretty nice!
    There are people who say Mann should get minutes but he’s just a 2nd round rookie. He’s not Shai.

    • Avatar SportClippz says:

      Wouldn’t adding a vet be a stupid move by this stupid team in this stupid world and why are you even here commenting on this stupid site??? Go away Troll.

  • Avatar benoit_benjamin says:

    Would be a good fit for one of our roster spots. There’s not a lot out there at this point on the buyout market so I’m okay with Evan Turner. I’m hoping Joakim Noah is picked up to fill the last spot, assuming he’s healthy enough to give the team some minutes at center when needed.

  • Avatar Matt The Pirate says:

    My opinion might be totally outdated on this guy. But, on the surface, I am totally on board with this. If we can verify he has a degree of athleticism left, I think he is a good add. He’s a pretty smart chap, and he can score when necessary but doesn’t rack up usage.

    On the other hand, I would much rather have Jerome back. That was painful.

  • Avatar JohnMaclean says:

    Maybe on a couple of ten day contracts but I don’t want to sacrifice Coffey just yet. I suppose we could always cut someone though if necessary.

    • boltsfan21 boltsfan21 says:

      We don’t have to cut anyone, and this has nothing to do with Coffey’s spot. We have 2 empty roster spots right now. And Coffey doesn’t count because he’s on a two-way.

  • Avatar Andrew Opilas says:

    Hey guys 🙂

  • Avatar Minion94 says:

    Yeahhh with Lou’s size, the team shouldn’t get a short point guard.

  • Avatar Sjake says:

    Anyone hear pat bev interview with woj. That guy does not hold back on his thoughts. From brain to mouth with no filter in between.

  • Avatar Oody pkt says:

    Buy out market sounds like a stop gap.
    But wouldn’t mind ET, looks like a drama free / solid pickup.
    Hope PG & Bev are healthy, especially for the playoffs.
    Ps: just join the new site, hope we have a community as it should be.
    Go clips!

    • Avatar Minion94 says:

      He can fill in for both those guys without messing up too much. At this point, if he takes all of McGruder’s minutes, I dont think anyone would be complaining.

  • Avatar osamu says:

    Congrats to Kawhi on the All-Star MVP.

    But I couldn’t be the only one getting sick watching him play with Lebron and AD and coached by Frank Vogel. If that happened for real last summer, they could just cancel the season.

  • Avatar osamu says:

    anyway the Clips can S&T Trez for CP this summer?

  • Avatar TheGreatestShowman says:

    When’s the last Clipper to win AS MVP? Never…

  • Avatar crvnzw says:

    Having elite ball-handler on the bench would be so good.