The league is watching the Indiana Pacers as they decide who to move and who to retain ahead of the trade deadline. Myles Turner is perhaps the most coveted player that the Pacers could move on from, as his blend of shooting and defense is rare among centers.
Turner is averaging 12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and a league-leading 2.8 blocks per game while enjoying the most efficient scoring season of his career. The 25-year-old is under contract for two more seasons, including this one. NBA reporter Marc Stein revealed the odds that Turner will be traded away from the Pacers.
When I checked in Friday morning on the prospect of Turner being moved between now and the deadline while he’s still recovering from a foot injury, I was told that it remains a coinflip at this stage.
Turner’s foot injury complicates matters, as he has missed the past several weeks. His recent lack of availability doesn’t derail the value he has since he is under contract for another year, but it hurts the Pacers’ ability to shop him. It has already thrown a wrench into a potential deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Still, the Pacers should see teams lining up to get a shot at obtaining Turner. Indiana would be wise to entertain those offers and give Turner a chance to get back onto a playoff team.
Indiana’s 19-35 record shows that they are not equipped for a postseason run. Turner, Domantas Sabonis, Caris LeVert and Malcolm Brogdon should all be on the table as the Pacers take the long road towards rebuilding.