Following two transformative seasons with the Boston Celtics, free agent guard Evan Turner is taking his talents to the west coast.

Turner agrees to $70 million deal

As ESPN reports Friday, Turner has agreed to a four-year, $70 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. Turner’s agent confirmed News of the deal, which comes a day after Turner was rumored to have drawn interest from a number of teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers.

Rejuvenation in Boston

During his two seasons in Boston, Turner averaged 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists over 27.8 minutes per game and was used numerous times as the team’s primary ball handler. His rejuvenation in Boston was recognized league-wide. Turner finished fifth in NBA Sixth Man of the Year voting and was a valuable member of Boston’s core group of players during their first winning season under Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

Before signing with the Celtics, Turner played with the Philadelphia 76ers – the team that drafted him No.2 in the 2010 draft – and played briefly with the Indiana Pacers. Just after the season ended, the 6-foot-7 Turner did express his interest in staying in Boston. Back in May, Turner suggested that he would take a hometown discount to continue his career with the Celtics.

“Of course (I would),” Turner said, via CSNNE.com.

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“I joke with people, this is the first time I left an exit interview and the team wanted me back. I don’t take that lightly, you know what I’m saying? At the end of the day, I’m grateful for that.”

Turner joins backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum

Now Turner will leave a crowded backcourt in Boston to join a talented team in Portland, which includes the talented backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.

Can Turner continue to be a key contributor on a team primed for the playoffs? Only time will tell, but he did re-establish himself under Stevens and has earned the opportunity to elevate his game to another level.

Turner became Portland’s Plan B swingman after the team lost out on free agent Chandler Parsons who signed a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies. The Trail Blazers offered Parsons a maximum contract but were beat out by Memphis.

Portland is also rumored to be interested in free agent center Dwight Howard.

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