The 20 worst free agent signings in NBA history

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#12. Evan Turner: 4 Years, $70 million

Former No. 2 pick Evan Turner was selected by the 76ers, but he didn’t end up panning out. Instead, he was traded to the Pacers and later signed with the Celtics, where he managed to rehab his value enough to convince the Portland Trail Blazers to shell out an eye-popping $70 million in the summer of 2016.

It didn’t go well for the Blazers, who found themselves with significant cap space only to use it to sign Turner. Turner was brought in to help Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum by serving as a point forward, but he had minimal impact over his three seasons with the team. His best season saw him score just 9 points per game while making an average of $17 million per season.

Although Portland spent poorly, they were wise enough to eventually cut their losses and trade him to the Hawks to finish out his overpaid contract. All in all, the summer of 2016 saw several teams temporarily lose their collective minds but giving that much money to a player who was already deemed a bust at the time is really hard to justify.