The Indiana Pacers have seemingly been trying to get rid of Myles Turner since midway through last season.
A left foot issue obviously hampered the front office’s ability to move him to some degree, but it also feels like there is massive disparity between what Indiana wants for Turner and what other teams are willing to give up.
Mind you, he is entering the final year of a contract that paid him $80 million over four years. He is going to want a sizeable raise – and rival teams know that.
This week, an intriguing new dark horse contender for Turner’s services emerged.
“So, I think that either A. we are going to see Nic Claxton start, or B. the Nets are going to use that mid-level or trade for another center,” Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News said recently.
“I’m pretty sure they are still trying to trade for a center. I’m just not sure who at this point. I’ve heard Myles Turner, but I guess we’ll find out if they are actually able to.”
That wasn’t the lone interesting tidbit Winfield dropped in her interview. She also expounded on the root cause of the beef between Steve Nash and Blake Griffin.
Big picture, it will be interesting to see what ultimately happens with Turner. He has been closely linked to four intriguing suitors this summer, but none have actually stepped forward with a proposal that has wowed the Pacers.
If the Nets can put something of note together, they could walk away with him.
Now that’s how you do Burning Man. https://t.co/8ZRkoLv5GF
— Game 7 (@game7__) September 6, 2022
When he is healthy, Turner boasts incredible rim-protecting skills and is a reliable threat from beyond the arc. He would fit in quite nicely with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Will Brooklyn be able to swoop in and solidify itself as a title contender by adding Turner before the start of the 2022-23 NBA season?
Time will tell.