July 1, 2016, 12:35 pm
Unrestricted free agent Evan Turner and the Blazers have reached a four-year, $70 million agreement according to The Vertical.
Turner provides them with a backup ballhandler and might indicate that the market has gotten too rich for restricted free agent Allen Crabbe. He’ll have to play even more off the ball than he did in Boston, but it shouldn’t hurt his ability to make an impact too badly. If the Blazers lose out on Moe Harkless, they can slide Al-Farouq Aminu over to the four and continue to play small. This is a tiny bit more than we thought it would be and that might have dropped him down a tiny bit from the No. 5 rank he had in our free agent rankings, but it’s still a deal that won’t be an albatross so long as he keeps his weight in check.
Update: Turner was actually informed he will be starting for the Trail Blazers this season. Turner should see around 30 minutes per game as the starting SF in Portland but as a starter, he will be battling with Lillard and McCollum for touches. His fantasy value should remain similar to what it was in Boston, but now he should be guaranteed a heavier allotment of minutes.
Turner has been told by Blazers he will start alongside Lillard and McCollum.
— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) July 1, 2016