Fan favorite Evan Turner reportedly returning to Celtics in new role

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Evan Turner is reportedly returning to the Celtics, but not as a veteran role player.

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, Turner is finalizing a deal to join the Celtics as an assistant coach, with a focus on player development.

The now-32-year-old Turner played 10 seasons in the NBA, most recently appearing in 19 games for the Atlanta Hawks last season. He was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves at the trade deadline, but never played for them.

Turner played for Boston for two seasons from 2014-16 and became a favorite of both fans and teammates thanks to the way he played and his big personality, including consistently great quotes. The only one of his Boston teammates still on the Celtics is Marcus Smart.

There had been speculation that Turner could find an end-of-the-bench role on a contender -- maybe even the Celtics -- this offseason, but instead he'll be moving into the next phase of his career and returning to Boston as a member of Brad Stevens' staff.