With the NBA trade deadline looming large, Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner’s name has popped up as some teams look to solidify or boost up their frontcourts.
While J. Michael of the Indianapolis Star reports the Pacers are not shopping Turner, it hasn’t stopped teams from calling. The Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, New Orleans Pelicans and Charlotte Hornets reportedly all have varying degrees of interest in the Pacers center.
Just because the Pacers aren’t actively shopping Turner, that doesn’t mean a deal won’t be done. All it takes is one big-time offer to get the ball rolling.
In 36 games this year, Myles Turner is averaging 13.2 points per game to go along with 6.6 rebounds. Where he has really excelled, though, is on the defensive side. Turner leads the league in blocks per game with an average of 3.4. He has been a force inside the paint all season long, causing chaos for the opposing bigs. When he isn’t on the floor, there is a noticeable gap on defense for Indiana.
Turner’s length and athleticism are coveted by many around the league, and it was just this past summer when the Pacers had reportedly included him in trade discussions with the Boston Celtics as Indiana was trying to acquire Gordon Hayward.
Turner provides a consistent presence in the paint defensively with the ability to guard inside and out. His offense is up and down, but he would be a great addition for a team trying to assure things in the frontcourt.
Myles Turner is currently in the second year of a four-year deal with Indiana. The Pacers have scuffled to a 17-21 record so far this season, which is right on the edge of the playoff picture.