Evan Turner
Evan Turner
31-Year-Old ForwardF
Minnesota Timberwolves
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Turner was traded to the Hawks for Kent Bazemore in the offseason after a down year with the Trail Blazers. The Ohio State product appeared in 73 games and averaged 6.8 points (career-low), 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists across 22.0 minutes per tilt, mainly off the bench. He was a low-usage option for Portland throughout his tenure with the team, and he's likely to see a similar role with Atlanta. The Hawks are one of the youngest teams in the league and the core is comprised of first and second-year talent, with much of it on the wing. The Hawks added a smattering of veterans for balance and leadership, but it's clear the focus of this team is development. Turner will have a tough time finding minutes on the wing, competing with Cam Reddish, Kevin Huerter and De'Andre Hunter among others in what will be a crowded group. His ball-handling abilities may afford him playing time at point guard behind Trae Young, but even if he secures a regular role, Turner's overall value is minimal, making him a player you can safely leave undrafted in most formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $70 million contract with the Trail Blazers in July of 2016. Traded to the Hawks in June of 2019. Traded to the Timberwolves in February of 2020.
Personal Bio

Evan Marcel Turner is the son of Iris and James Turner. The versatile wing was born in 1998 in Chicago, Illinois. Turner was a middle-school teammate of fellow NBA veteran Iman Shumpert. He attended St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois. After his senior season, he was named to the Associated Press 2006-07 Class AA All-State first team. Turner also finished third in the Illinois Mr. Basketball voting that year. While playing for the Trail Blazers, the Ohio State product was awarded the 2017-18 Maurice Lucas Award, given annually to the player who best represents the indomitable spirit of Maurice Lucas through his contributions on the court and in the community. Turner's hobbies include reading and playing golf. Fans can follow the entertaining Turner @thekidet on Twitter.

College/International Summary

It took Evan Turner a season to get accustomed to playing with Ohio State. As a freshman for the 2007-08 season, Turner provided 8.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest. He came off the bench for seven games, but started 30. Turner made a star turn as the Buckeyes won the NIT tournament. In the semifinal and final wins, Turner averaged 18.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.0 steals. Turner took over as a sophomore. He led the team with 17.3 points to go along with 7.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game on his way to being a unanimous All-Big Ten selection. The 6-7 guard was looking for more as a junior. He had the first triple-double by a Big Ten player in nine years during a November win, and repeated the feat a month later. Turner injured his back early in December and had to miss a month of the season. The highlight of Turner's season was a buzzer-beating 3-pointer against Michigan in the Big Ten tournament. He led the conference in scoring with 20.4 points per game and was second in both rebounding (9.2 per game) and assists (6.0 per game). Turner won the John Wooden Award and was named Naismith Player of the Year. He bypassed his final season of collegiate eligibility and declared for the 2010 draft.

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March 1, 2020
Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders admitted Sunday that the prospect of Turner reporting to the team at some point hasn't been discussed, Chris Hine of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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After Turner was acquired from the Hawks on Feb. 4, the Timberwolves were expected to work toward a buyout agreement with the veteran wing, who is in the final season of a four-year, $70 million contract. Turner was allowed to meet with prospective suitors while Minnesota discussed the buyout with his representatives, but the 31-year-old ultimately wasn't able to find a new home before the March 1 deadline for players to sign with other teams and retain postseason eligibility. With Turner's window for joining a contending club likely having closed, his season may be over, too. The rebuilding Timberwolves don't have any plans to include Turner in their rotation, so he'll presumably remain away from the team for the final month and a half of the season before becoming a free agent this summer.
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2019

Following an offseason trade from Portland, Turner began the 2019-20 season with the Hawks. He appeared in 19 games, logging an average of 13.2 minutes per contest. Turner made his Hawks debut on opening night in Detroit on Oct. 24, playing 17 minutes and putting up nine points, four assists and one steal. Turner scored a season-high 11 points in a loss to the Clippers on Nov. 16, also adding five rebounds and two steals. He reached the 20-minute mark in back-to-back games on Dec. 2 and Dec. 4, notching a season-high 21 minutes in the latter contest. On Feb. 4, Turner was traded to the Timberwolves. The veteran did not appear in a game for Minnesota before the season was suspended on Mar. 11.

2018

Turner was one of the first options off the bench for the Trail Blazers in his third season with the squad. While he played in 73 games and averaged 22 minutes per contest, Turner only picked up two starts. He was not taking threes last year, as he only attempted 0.7 per game. That was his lowest threes-per-game average since his rookie campaign. In total, he took 6.1 shots per contest, making 46 percent of his field goal attempts. The second-overall pick out of the 2010 NBA Draft, Turner averaged 6.8 points per game. He contributed in other ways too, as he averaged 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists per contest. In the playoffs, where Portland made a run to the Western Conference Finals, Turner took on a smaller role. He appeared in all 16 games, but averaged 15.3 minutes and 2.9 field goal attempts a night. After the season ended, Turner was traded by Portland to the Hawks for Kent Bazemore.

2017

Turner was a useful part of Portland's rotation in his 10th NBA season. The Ohio State product appeared in 79 games with 40 starts, averaging 25.7 minutes per night. That looked fairly similar to the previous season when Turner played 25.5 minutes per night, though he upped his total games played by 14 and his starts by 28 in 2017-2018. Turner finished fifth on the team in total field goal attempts, serving as a secondary option behind star guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. He averaged 8.2 points per game on 44.7 percent shooting from the field. Turner also knocked down a career-best 85 percent of his free throws. He continued to supply more than scoring by chipping in 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. His best all-around game came on New Year's Day when he scored a season-high 22 points to go with six assists, four rebounds and a steal. Turner scored in double figures a total of 31 times, and he grabbed a season-high eight rebounds on two separate occasions. The veteran was trusted as a starter for three of the team's four playoff games, though he missed Game 3 of the first-round series against New Orleans with a toe injury.

2016

During the summer of 2016, Turner -- a free agent -- signed a four-year agreement with the Portland Trail Blazers. With Portland, Turner continued in a sixth-man role, similar to the one he excelled in the previous season with the Celtics. He appeared in 65 games for the Trail Blazers, with 12 starts, and averaged 25.5 minutes per contest. Twice Turner grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds, including during a 15-point, 10-rebound effort during a loss at Memphis. Turner had two double-doubles during the season and for the second year in a row shot better than 82 percent from the free throw line. On Jan. 11, the 6-foot-6 wing dished a season-best 11 assists in a win over the Cavaliers. On Feb. 3, Turner scored a season-high 24 points during a loss to Dallas. Adversity hit Feb. 7, however, as Turner suffered a fractured third metacarpal in his right hand during a game against the Mavericks. The injury forced "E.T." to miss 14 straight games. He returned in time to play in Portland's last 15 games. The Trail Blazers finished an even 41-41 and were swept by the Warriors in the first round of the playoffs. In Game 1 of the series, Turner registered a double-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. During Game 3 of the series, Turner posted 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal.

2015

The 2015-16 campaign was Evan Turner's sixth season in the NBA and his second with the Boston Celtics. After starting in the majority of games last season, coach Brad Stevens decided Turner was better suited for the sixth-man role during the 2015-16 season. With the ability to provide scoring, guard both wing spots and work as a ball handler and facilitator, Turner's versatility was a valued asset and allowed him to fit in seamlessly with just about any Celtics lineup. Even while coming off the bench for all but 12 of his 81 appearances, Turner received 28.0 minutes per game and delivered a full stat line of 10.5 points (on a career-best 45.6 percent shooting), 4.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.0 steal per game. With his boost in both field-goal (Turner shot 42.9 percent last year) and free-throw percentages (a career-best 82.7 percent, up from 75.2 during the 2014-15 campaign), one can argue that the 2015-16 season was the best of Turner's career. Hr scored a season-high 21 points twice, including in a March 4 win over the Knicks during which he added eight rebounds and three assists. Turner also logged a season-best 10 dimes on two occasions -- at Milwaukee (Feb. 9) and against Minnesota (Dec. 21). Turner's Celtics finished the year at 48-34 and lost to the Hawks in the first round of the playoffs.

2014

During the summer of 2014, free agent Evan Turner signed a two-year agreement with the Boston Celtics. Turner appeared in all 82 regular season games for Boston, with 57 starts, and averaged 27.6 minutes per game. It was the second season in which the durable Turner played in all 82 games. "E.T." began the season coming off the bench for Boston. He started in only three games over Boston's first 28 contests. In late December, however, the Celtics traded Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks and coach Brad Steven's decided to experiment with Turner as the new starting point guard. The versatile Turner then started the last 54 games of the year for Boston, spending time at point guard, shooting guard and small forward. In Turner's first start at point guard, in a Dec. 31 win over the Kings, Turner dished a career-high 11 assists to go with 10 points and three steals. On Mar. 13, Turner scored a season-high 30 points during a home win over Orlando. On Apr. 10, Turner dished a new career-best 13 assists during a win at Cleveland. The 6-foot-6 Turner had 11 games with nine or more assists, and his 449 total assists ranked 16th in The Association. Turner's Celtics would finish at 40-42 and lose the Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs. During the Game 3 of the series, Turner scored 19 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out eight assists in the loss.

2013

During the 2013-14 season, Turner was enjoying his best statistical season with Philadelphia when he was traded to the Indiana Pacers at the deadline. With the Sixers, over 54 games, Turner was averaging 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.0 steal per contest. He also started all 54 games that he appeared in for Philly. On Jan. 22, "E.T." scored a career-high 34 points, and added 11 rebounds during a win at New York. On Feb. 20, the 6-foot-6 wing was traded with Lavoy Allen to the Pacers for Danny Granger and a 2015 second-round draft pick. Indiana wanted to strengthen its roster for a playoff run and shifted Turner to a sixth-man role. With the Pacers, Turner came off the bench in 25 of 27 games and registered per-game numbers of 7.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists over 21 minutes per contest. The Pacers finished 56-26 and defeated the Hawks and Wizards on their way to facing the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. They would lose to the Heat in six games. Turner appeared in 12 of the Pacers' 19 postseason contests, averaging 3.3 points per game.

2012

During the 2012-13 season, Turner started all 82 regular season games for 76ers, with big upticks in playing time, scoring, rebounds and assists. In addition to constantly starting, Turner's per-game minutes went from 26.4 the previous year to 35.3 in 2012-13. Her scoring increased to 13.3 per game and his assists improved to 4.3 per contest. Plus, Turner's 6.3 rebounds per game ranked seventh among all small forwards. On New Year's Day during a win over the Lakers, "E.T." scored 22 points and grabbed 13 boards during arguably his best game of the season. Turner registered a career-high 14 double-doubles on for the season. On Jan. 28 in a loss to Memphis, Turner scored a season-high 27 points and dished seven assists.

2011

The 2011-12 season was Turner's second season in The Association. He showed steady growth across the board with per-game improvements in points (9.4), rebounds (5.8) and assists (2.8) per game, surpassing what he did during the 2010-11 campaign. The 6-foot-6 wing also improved his shooting accuracy from 42.5 percent as a rookie to 44.6 percent during his sophomore season. He also started 20 games during the lockout-shortened season. On Mar. 7, Turner scored a career-high 26 points, plus added nine rebounds, during a home win over Boston. On Mar. 11, Turned grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds in a win at New York. On Apr. 25, Turner set a new career-best with 29 points, as well as 13 rebounds, during a win at Milwaukee. The 76ers finished at 35-31, defeated the Bulls in the first round of the playoffs, but lost to Boston in the second round. Turner averaged 11.2 points and 7.5 rebounds in 13 postseason appearances (12 starts).

2010

Evan Turner was selected with the No. 2 overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2010 NBA Draft. The 22-year-old wing appeared in 78 games for Philly, with 14 starts, and averaged 23.0 minutes per contest. On opening night, Oct. 27, Turner made his NBA debut with 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists over 31 minutes during a home loss to the Heat. On Nov. 7, an injury to Andre Iguodala opened a starting spot for Turner. For his first career start, the rookie delivered a double-double of 14 points, 10 rebounds and three dimes in a win at New York. Ten days later, Turner would register his second (and last) double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 boards during a loss to the Raptors. Turner would get 12 straight starts before returning to the second unit. On Dec. 29, Turner scored a career-high 23 points, with five boards and two steals, in a win over the Suns. On Apr. 5, Turner posted 21 points and five dimes in a loss at Boston. The Ohio State product ended his season with per-game averages of 7.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest. The Sixers finished an even 41-41 and lost to the Heat in the first round of the playoffs. Turner played in all five games of the series, and in Game 4, he posted 17 points and six boards during Philly's lone postseason win. He averaged 8.0 points and 4.6 rebounds during those five playoff contests.

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Transaction History
  • June 24, 2010
    Drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1st round (2nd pick) of the 2010 NBA Draft. Shortly thereafter, signed a rookie contract with the 76ers.
  • February 20, 2014
    Traded by the Philadelphia 76ers with Lavoy Allen to the Indiana Pacers for Danny Granger and a 2015 2nd round draft pick (Luka Mitrovic was later selected).
  • September 29, 2014
    Signed as a free agent a two-year agreement with the Boston Celtics.
  • July 7, 2016
    Signed a four-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers
  • June 24, 2019
    Traded by the Portland Trail Blazers to the Atlanta Hawks for Kent Bazemore.
  • February 5, 2020
    As part of a four-team trade, dealt from the Hawks to the Timberwolves; the Timberwolves also received Jarred Vanderbilt, Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez, Nets' 2020 first-round pick; Hawks received Clint Capela, Nene; Rockets received Robert Covington, Jordan Bell, future second-round pick; Nuggets received Shabazz Napier, Keita Bates-Diop, Noah Vonleh, Gerald Green, Houston's first-round pick.
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Much of the top half of the Trail Blazers’ roster remains unchanged heading into next season, leaving Turner in a battle with Maurice Harkless for the starting small forward role. The 29-year-old’s numbers saw another downturn last season, the second consecutive campaign that’s occurred since his arrival from Boston following the 2015-16 season. Turner averaged a modest 8.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists across 79 games (40 starts), although the news wasn't necessarily all bad. Turner’s overall shooting percentage saw a bump from 42.6 to 44.7 percent over the prior season. Additionally, he snapped a three-season streak of sub-30-percent three-point percentage tallies by draining 31.8 percent of his tries from distance, and he shot a career-best 85.0 percent from the free-throw line. However, given that he shares the floor with a trio of high-usage teammates in Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic, Turner put up only 7.3 shot attempts per contest, limiting his overall Fantasy utility. The Trail Blazers’ offense is once again expected to largely run through the aforementioned stars barring injury, which likely leaves Turner with a usage rate similar to the 15.6 percent he logged last season.
In the first year of a four-year, $70 million contract with the Trail Blazers, Turner had a disappointing showing overall. He shot 42.6 percent from the field -- down from 45.6 percent a season prior -- while also shooting a horrid 26.3 percent from the three-point line. He was typically tasked with providing the bench a reliable scorer, but the struggles with his shot really limited how much of an impact he had for both the Trail Blazers and for Fantasy owners in deeper leagues. Over 65 games, including 12 starts, Turner ended up averaging 9.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists across 25.5 minutes, which translated to a drop off in production in nearly every category from his final season in Boston. The good news for Turner is he's currently the favorite to open training camp as the starting small forward. The Trail Blazers dealt Allen Crabbe to the Nets, providing less competition at the position, while also opening up even more minutes at shooting guard when C.J. McCollum isn't on the floor. Still, Turner hasn't shown much progress in recent years, so expectations can be relatively low moving forward. A huge jump in production shouldn't be expected, but he could see some minor gains if he locks in a starter's workload.
Turner has primarily worked as a starter since entering the league in 2010 as the No. 2 overall pick, but he proved much better suited for the sixth-man role the Celtics used him in during the 2015-16 season. With the ability to provide scoring, guard both wing spots and work as a ball handler and facilitator, Turner's versatility was a valued asset and allowed him to fit in seamlessly with just about any Celtics lineup. Even while coming off the bench for all but 12 of his 81 appearances, Turner received 28.0 minutes per game and delivered a full stat line of 10.5 points (on a career-best 45.6% shooting), 4.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.0 steal per game. The Celtics surely would have welcomed Turner back if the price was right, but the swingman was too expensive to retain after he agreed to a four-year, $70 million with the Trail Blazers. He'll have a chance to compete for the starting job at small forward with Allen Crabbe, who profiles as the better outside shooter of the two, but Turner's blend of skills may be preferred alongside the high-scoring backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Even if Crabbe ends up starting, it's not expected that Turner will see his playing time fall off in a significant way while he works as the Blazers' sixth man.
Last year, the versatile Turner proved to be a useful cog for creative coach Brad Stevens. Turner's point-forward skills were leveraged in all 82 games last year, and he averaged 28 minutes, 9.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 steals, and 0.4 three-pointers per game. As he enters his sixth season, Turner could again start roughly 57 games at small forward or be a jack-of-all-trades sixth man award contender. Or, frankly, Turner could be quickly packaged in one of GM Danny Ainge's expected trades. As of late August, the Celtics have one more player than roster spots, and Turner's name has already come up in trade rumors. Last year's emergence of Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko, as well as the drafting of Terry Rozier, make Turner's playmaking skills less in demand. The future is still cloudy for Turner. He's a proven NBA contributor but may never shine as expected when he was the number two pick from the 2010 draft.
Turner split time between Indiana and Philadelphia, the team that drafted him second overall in 2010. The Sixers were holding out for more but eventually accepted the realities of the market and received a second-round draft pick and an expiring contract (Danny Granger's) that they bought out. Turner's playing time and reputation took a tumble with the Pacers, who for several reasons, did not extend a qualifying offer and let Turner become an unrestricted free agent. He signed a one-year deal with Boston for a portion of their mid-level exception. The storylines are that Turner is motivated to rehab his career; he's a low-risk/high-reward signing for Boston; and head coach Brad Stevens will have a positive impact (think Jordan Crawford in Boston last season). Turner has flaws, but he's a multi-category producer that averaged 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.0 steals in 35 minutes per game over 54 games with the Sixers last season. He's a ball-dominating wing player, who doesn't shoot well from the perimeter and can be distracted when not engaged. Now he joins a team that's looking to develop a few young wings/guards while already possessing a dominant ball-handler in Rajon Rondo. Turner will need to modify his game on a team that's still very much experimenting with combinations. The heady numbers Turner had with Philly are unlikely to be rediscovered, but there will be an opportunity for him in Boston. If he plays well early in the season in a limited role, that could prompt Boston to trade Jeff Green and create a larger load for Turner.
Anyone who has been paying attention to what's happened in Philly this offseason can see why big things might be in store for Turner in 2013-14. The Sixers have done a better job than any team positioning themselves for a shot at Andrew Wiggins in the 2014 NBA Draft. Philly dealt Jrue Holiday for an injured defense-only project at center, in Nerlens Noel. Rookie Michael Carter-Williams is going to start at point guard, and his backups are Royal Ivey and Tony Wroten, so Turner should handle the ball quite a bit. This won't be good in leagues that count turnovers, but one would expect his 4.3 assists per game average from last season to see a slight spike. In fact, his counting stats should be up across the board, with he and Thaddeus Young being the lone respectable NBA starters left on the roster. Of course, this will coincide with a dip in his already no-so-great 42 percent field-goal percentage. Turner was seventh among small forwards with 6.3 rebounds per game last season, so if your roster is guard-heavy after the first five or six rounds, he's a nice option to help make up some production there. He had 16 games with double-digit boards last season, which is pretty impressive considering Kevin Durant had 19 such games.
One of the big winners of the four-team Dwight Howard trade was Turner, who projects to ascend into a regular starting role following the trade of Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets. The second overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, Turner hasn’t received the same amount of fanfare as top pick John Wall, and doesn’t yet have a double-digit scoring season to his credit in his two years in the league. Still, he enters this season as one of the top sleeper candidates at shooting guard. Outside of perhaps Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant, there are few two-guards who can be triple-double threats on a given night, but Turner is one of them. In just 26.4 minutes per game last season, Turner averaged 9.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists, including a 29-13-6 effort in the penultimate game against Milwaukee. He upped that production in the postseason, averaging 11.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists over 13 games. With Turner expected to play over 30 minutes every night, he has a great chance at exceeding his numbers across all categories. One category that could benefit the most is Turner’s assist total, as he’ll now have a legitimate post presence to work with after Andrew Bynum was acquired in the Howard trade. Things are only looking up for the 23-year-old Turner, who could be a steal in the latter rounds of a fantasy draft.
A very athletic and all-around talent entering his second season, Taylor has worked extensively on his jump shot this offseason and coach Doug Collins is looking for major improvement from last year. He was drafted second overall in last year's draft and is still considered the backbone of the Sixers future. At 6-7, 205, Turner can cause matchup problems for opponents at shooting guard, and if his jump shot has truly improved, he should be able improve on his subpar rookie numbers ( 7.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.0 assists).
With the success of last year's rookie crop – this even despite a preseason injury to Blake Griffin, originally considered by many to be the only true difference-maker in the draft – one's forced to wonder exactly what heights this year's comparatively more talented group of first-years might reach. Second-overall pick Turner has an impressive resume, finishing his junior year at Ohio State with over 20 points per game, just under six assists, and – somewhat incredibly, for a wing of any size – 9.2 rebounds per game. His outside shooting might very well take some time to develop, if it does at all: Only about a tenth of Turner's shots were from behind the arc, and he hit those at less than a 40 percent clip. Despite the lack of range on his jumper, he still managed to record field goal percentages of over 50 in his last two years, owing predominantly to his good ball handling and skill in the open floor. With the quick Jrue Holiday running the point, freakishly athletic Andre Iguodala at the three, and undersized power forward in Thaddeus Young, it's hard to envision a scenario where coach Doug Collins doesn't attempt to improve on last year's slow-moving 91.6 possessions per game, only the 22nd fastest in the NBA. Turner is likely to get something close to starter's minutes right from the beginning. That said, the former Buckeye was one of the biggest disappointments of the Orlando summer league, averaging just 9.4 points on 33.3 percent shooting and more turnovers (3.4) than assists (2.8).
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February 29, 2020
Turner (not injury related) won't play in Sunday's game against Dallas.
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Not available Monday
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February 24, 2020
Turner remains away from the Timberwolves ahead of Monday's game against the Mavericks.
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Working out for Clippers
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February 15, 2020
Turner (not injury related) will work out for the Clippers on Saturday, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
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Officially out Monday
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February 10, 2020
Turner (not injury related) won't play in Monday's game against Toronto.
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Buyout being discussed
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February 7, 2020
Turner and the Timberwolves are discussing a buyout, Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reports.
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