Boston Celtics: Is Evan Turner's 2-Year Contract a Mistake?
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Could Turner’s deal negatively impact the Celtics next offseason?

It was back in July that free agent Evan Turner agreed to sign with the Boston Celtics. However, the terms of the deal were not made official until earlier this week.

As reported by ESPN’s Marc Stein, Turner will be paid a total of $6.7 million guaranteed over the next two seasons. Without debating the merits of Turner as a player, there’s a distinct possibility the Celtics may regret his contract come next summer.

Boston finished 25-57 last year, and with a largely similar roster, the club’s prospects for the upcoming season aren’t much better. In 2014-15, the Celtics’ focus will likely be on developing young talent and building for the future. In addition to numerous extra draft picks the franchise has acquired for the years ahead, Boston is also in line to possess an abundance of salary-cap room before 2015-16.

Turner was the only new free agent the Celtics brought in this offseason, and there’s a chance the second year of his contract may hinder their ability to add a star player next year.

At the moment, Boston is on the books for roughly $35.7 million in guaranteed salary for 2015-16 (via spotrac.com). Impending free agent Rajon Rondo is not included in that total.

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Rondo said at the Celtics’ training camp media day that he believes he is worthy of a max contract. Brian Robb of Boston.com estimates that in Rondo’s case this would be a salary of $18.7 million in 2015-16 were he to stay with the Celtics. Should Boston keep the All-Star point guard at that price, it would bring the team’s payroll up to $54.4 million.

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