The Indiana Pacers will almost certainly make a big trade this offseason. As presently constructed, the roster is not built for legitimate success.
Changes must be made.
One big move that is beginning to feel inevitable is a Myler Turner trade.
The Pacers explored dealing him ahead of last season’s NBA Trade Deadline, only to pull back when he hurt his left foot. He ended up missing the rest of the year with that injury.
Now, it feels like he is on the block once again.
“The Pacers have since resumed trade conversations about Turner ahead of the draft, sources told B/R, in addition to engaging opposing front offices on point guard Malcolm Brogdon,” reported Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report.
Fischer is not alone in this assessment. NBA insider Marc Stein also seems to be under the impression that something might be in the works involving Turner.
If something does go down, three squads seem to be the frontrunners for Turner’s services: the Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks.
“The Charlotte Hornets have long been considered a potential landing spot for Turner, and the Hornets have communicated around the league a willingness to move the No. 15 pick,” sources told Fischer.
“Other clues for potential Turner destinations: The Toronto Raptors remain focused on adding a starting-caliber center, and the New York Knicks expressed interest in Turner before the trade deadline as well.”
Last year Turner averaged 12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game in 42 outings. He is a legitimately talented and versatile big man who could help any one of Charlotte, Toronto or New York.
The Hornets seem to have the most alluring package to offer in return for him, but they’re also being linked to a pretty major swap with the Los Angeles Lakers. They won’t be able to do both.
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One way or another, it feels like it is just a matter of time until Turner gets moved.
Where will he end up?
Time will tell.