Evan Turner, a free-agent swingman and former overall No. 2 pick in the NBA draft, agreed to sign with the Boston Celtics, according to several news reports.
Turner, 25, who was the No. 2 choice by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2010, has averaged 11.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists over his four years. He was traded by Philadelphia to the Indiana Pacers at last season’s trade deadline and saw little action during the Pacers’ run to the Eastern Conference finals.
Turner became a free agent when the Pacers decided not to extend an $8.7 million qualifying offer.
The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling’s properties said the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.
Darren Schield, who oversees the finances of The Sterling Family Trust, testified that three banks are ready to recall their loans to Sterling because of his decision to dissolve the trust. His move was designed to rescind his signed agreement for the sale of the Clippers, a team he bought for $12 million.
LAKERS: Free-agent guard Nick Young signed a multiyear deal to stay.
General Manager Mitch Kupchak described Young as a “bright spot” during last year’s losing season. Kupchak says he’s glad to keep someone committed to the rebuilding of the team.
JAZZ: Utah signed free-agent forward Trevor Booker.
Booker has played all four of his NBA seasons in Washington, averaging 6.4 points and 5.1 minutes in 235 career games, including 105 starts. He averaged 6.8 points and 5.3 rebounds last season.
BULLS: The team re-signed guard Kirk Hinrich to a two-year deal.
A person with knowledge of the deal said Hinrich will make $2.7 million next season. The contract includes a player option for the second year. The person requested anonymity because the team does not publicly comment on contract details.
SPURS: The team re-signed Matt Bonner. Terms weren’t disclosed but the veteran will return for a ninth season in San Antonio. That’s the longest tenure outside of the trio of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker.
SUNS: Phoenix signed forward Anthony Tolliver.
MAVERICKS: Dallas signed free-agent forward Richard Jefferson as a possible replacement for Vince Carter off the bench after Carter agreed to sign as a free agent with the Memphis Grizzlies.