RUMOR: Pacers’ Myles Turner expected to be traded at some point
According to Michael Scotto of Bleacher Report, the Pacers could part ways with the NBA’s leading shot-blocker from last season.
“The active phone conversations for Indiana could be a sign of what’s to come this summer. Rival executives believe the Pacers will eventually break up their big man trio of All-Star Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner and rookie Goga Bitadze. Turner is the name most rival executives believe will be traded, and the Cavaliers were among the teams who called to do due diligence on his availability before they landed Andre Drummond from Detroit.”
Turner developed into a fear shot-blocker last season, but he’s been shy of the potential double-double presence the Pacers hoped he would become.
Instead, it’s been Sabonis who has developed into that points and rebounds monster — giving Indiana that 20-10 promise they’ve looked to have in their frontcourt.
While the two work well together as Turner makes up for Sabonis 3-point and shot-blocking deficiencies, the Pacers are believed to be better off moving forward with the young Sabonis, who they gave a four-year, $77 million contract extension earlier this season.
The Pacers have a building block at an affordable price and could get some assets in return for Turner in the summer, with averages of 11.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game this season.