Myles Turner trade rumours: Lakers, Knicks, Mavericks among teams interested in Pacers big man, per report

It’s been a month since it was reported that the Indiana Pacers were open to talks with All-Star striker Domantas Sabonis, security guard Caris LeVert and big man Myles Turner. Indiana reportedly plans to focus on its young players in Chris Duarte and Isaiah Jackson, keeping the veterans top trade targets ahead of the February 10 NBA trade deadline.

Sabonis is sure to have a wide range of teams interested in his talents as the two-time All-Star could help any contender in the league. The same goes for Turner, who already seems to have a robust trading market. The Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and Charlotte Hornets have all expressed interest in Turner, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, as they begin to ramp up talks with the Pacers.

Turner is one of the top rim protectors in the league as he currently ranks first in the NBA in blocks per game (2.9), while averaging 13.1 points and 7.3 rebounds. So it’s clear why opponents are eager to trade for him as it wouldn’t be hard to fit into almost any team in the league that needs a center.

It remains to be seen exactly what the Pacers would want in exchange for Turner, but given that they focus on rebuilding around younger players, one can assume they would want players of the same age and timeline as Duarte and Jackson to get a young build core for the future. The Lakers don’t exactly have young players to trade in a trade, and in terms of draft capital, they won’t have a first-round pick until 2026.

The Knicks have several young players they could include in a package for Turner, with Kevin Knox possibly being the main target as his role in the rotation has declined consistently since he was drafted ninth overall in the 2018 NBA Draft. Obi Toppin could be the more alluring player, but it’s unclear if the Knicks would be willing to part with the athletic forward who has shown flashes this season.

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As for the Mavericks, there has been a need for a rim protection center in Dallas for a number of seasons. But pairing Turner with Kristaps Porzingis would create the same imperfect fit that Turner experienced in Indiana with Sabonis. For the Hornets, an upgrade from Mason Plumlee to Turner would be a huge boost for a team currently ranked 28th in terms of defensive rating.

There are likely other teams in the league that would be interested in negotiating for Turner. We’ll have to wait and see if Indiana eventually trades the big man, and for what.

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