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Rumor: Pacers won’t trade big man Myles Turner

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The Indiana Pacers reportedly don’t have any interest in trading center Myles Turner, according to J. Michael of Indy Star.

The Pacers signed Turner to a lucrative four-year, $80 million rookie contract extension last summer. Indiana reportedly asked about New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday at the February trade deadline and the Pelicans wanted Turner in return. The Pacers said no.

This past season, Turner averaged 13.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.7 blocks. The big man shot 48.7 percent from the field, 38.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free-throw line.

Turner led the NBA in blocks per game and total blocks (199). He is arguably the best defensive center in the league right now and the Pacers really value him.

Indiana got swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2019 playoffs. Without All-Star shooting guard Victor Oladipo, the Pacers really struggled to score the ball, especially in crunch time in the fourth quarter. The Pacers are counting on Turner to take the next step in his development in 2019-20, especially since Oladipo will likely be out until December or January.

Turner is on a great contract with Indiana. He’ll make $17.5 million per season for the next four years. With the salary cap rising every season, that’s good value for the Pacers.