Pacers exercise option on Myles Turner
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Pacers exercise option on Myles Turner

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After an impressive rookie season, the Indiana Pacers have exercised their option on their promising center Myles Turner. The move guarantees his contract for the 2017-2018 season.

It was an expected decision and easy one to make as the 20-year-old became one of the better rookies last year under then-head coach Frank Vogel. The former Texas Longhorn averaged 10.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 22.8 minutes per game.

With the experience he gained last season, and now getting a chance to learn from one of the better big men in the league, Al Jefferson, expectations are higher than ever for Turner.

The 6-foot-11 forward is expected to breakout this season, especially after receiving tons of praise from Team USA players earlier this summer. Given his versatility to play both the four and five spots, it will be easier for him to earn more minutes and be paired alongside the team’s new signings, Jefferson and Thaddeus Young.

Turner will see a slight increase in his salary after this season. In 2016-2017, he is slated to earn $2.46 million and $2.57 million the year after. Should the Pacers decide to pick up their option on his rookie scale contract for the 2018-2019 season for $3.41 million, he will be eligible to sign an extension as early as 2018 or test restricted free agency after that season in the hopes of securing a heftier paycheck.

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