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Report: Pacers shutting down Myles Turner trade inquiries

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The Indiana Pacers continue to resist trade calls on center Myles Turner ahead of the NBA trade deadline, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN.

Turner signed a four-year, $80 million extension with the Pacers in 2018:

The Pacers continue to turn away teams who inquire about Myles Turner, sources say. They are good, and they want to see how things look when Victor Oladipo returns. But every team in need of a big man should keep an eye on Turner.

Turner has played in 30 games for the Pacers this season. He’s averaging 12.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 2.0 blocks while shooting 45.1 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.6 percent from the free-throw line.

For a guy who is 6-foot-11, Turner doesn’t have a polished enough post game. He shoots a lot of jumpers, which is fine from time to time, but the Pacers need their starting center to dominate the paint.

Domantas Sabonis is a much more effective post-up player for the Pacers moving forward, but it sounds like Indiana wants to see what the Turner-Sabonis pairing looks like once All-Star shooting guard Victor Oladipo returns to the lineup. Sabonis is putting up 18.0 points and 13.1 rebounds this season and shooting 52.8 percent overall.

The Pacers are 23-15 on the season. They are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Oladipo is expected to make his season debut at the end of the month against the Chicago Bulls at home.