Evan Turner is not opposed to a hometown discount

It's always refreshing to look at something in hindsight and have it be a positive. All things considered, 2 years and $6.7 million for Evan Turner was just that: A positive contribution to the team and a player who, despite his quirks, wound up being a pretty likable guy on and off the court.

In an interview with A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE on Sunday, Turner didn't hesitate to relay his interest in returning to the C's, even if he has to leave some money on the table elsewhere. Asked about the possibility, Turner lightheartedly replied,
“Of course. 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.”
“Hopefully we can figure out a way to make it work. It’s a lot going on with the team, with the roster and with the draft picks and things like that. There’s definitely admiration on both sides. I trust Danny will do what’s best for the organization.”

I like Evan Turner. I like his "get to the hole no matter what" style we've seen shine in 4th quarters. I like the confidence he exudes. I like his weird Evan Turner stat lines. I like it all and I'd be thrilled to lock him up at a discount. A playmaking second-unit leader will be a hot commodity in the open market and teams will almost certainly overpay, but Turner's appreciation for the team may just tip the scale in our favor. Here's to the prospect of a few more years of 25 minutes, 9 points on 6 shots, 11 assists, 4 rebounds and a few steals. 

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