Expect the Indiana Pacers to come up often in trade rumors discussions going forward, especially with the team off to a slow start. With only 11 wins through their first 27 games, the Pacers have a reason to go ahead and kick off a rebuild, beginning with some notable trades that potentially will involve Myles Turner.
Turner also sounded like a player who would rather be somewhere else than with Indiana. Turner spoke to The Athletic and voiced his frustration with how the Pacers have used him.
“It’s clear that I’m not valued as anything more than a glorified role player here, and I want something more, more opportunity,” Turner told The Athletic Tuesday. “I’m trying really hard to make the role that I’m given here work and find a way to maximize it. I’ve been trying to the past two, three seasons. But it’s clear to me that, just numbers-wise, I’m not valued as more than a rotational role player, and I hold myself in a higher regard than that.”
Despite his excellent blend of size and athleticism to go with his emergence as an outside threat, Turner has become some sort of a complementary piece for the Pacers instead of the team revolving around his skill set. In fact, Turner is 10th on the team in usage rate. Domantas Sabonis is more of a focal point for the Pacers than Turner, who is on the second-to-the-last year of his current deal that pays him $17.5 million per season until the end of the 2022-23 campaign.
If the Pacers put Turner on the trading block, it would not be surprising to see teams lining up with trade proposals to acquire his services from Indiana.