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NBA trade rumors: Lakers, Clippers among teams calling Pacers about Myles Turner

Not so surprisingly, a number of groups are desirous about Myles Turner, in response to the most recent NBA commerce rumors.

Fashionable huge males who can block pictures and hit 3-pointers are at a premium within the NBA. Provided that Myles Turner theoretically possesses each of these abilities, in addition to how the Indiana Pacers have struggled lately, it’s no shock groups are calling to ask about his availability forward of the 2021 NBA Commerce Deadline.

In response to J. Michael of IndyStar, the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, LA Clippers, Charlotte Hornets and New Orleans Pelicans have all inquired concerning the league’s main shot-blocker.

Thus far, the Pacers aren’t purchasing Turner, however as everyone knows, that may change straight away. Thus far this season, the seven-footer is averaging 13.2 factors, 6.6 rebounds and a league-best 3.4 blocks per recreation whereas capturing a less-than-stellar 31.3 p.c from downtown.

The Lakers and Clippers are among the many groups calling about Myles Turner

In response to Michael, even the Pacers’ current 2-7 skid has not satisfied the entrance workplace to maneuver on from Turner, who was very a lot accessible within the offseason earlier than Danny Ainge botched a potential deal that may’ve introduced him to the Boston Celtics in return for a Gordon Hayward sign-and-trade.

The Hornets wound up signing Hayward, and now they’re reportedly desirous about including Turner as properly, which tracks for such a enjoyable, younger crew that’s discovered itself within the midst of the Jap Convention playoff hunt. Their curiosity is becoming, however among the different groups on the record are fairly intriguing.

The Lakers and Clippers are continually searching for potential upgrades to their roster. With Anthony Davis out, and the Lakers reportedly not impressed by the Marc Gasol expertise to this point, discovering an improve at heart could be a serious enhance to their odds of repeating as NBA champions. The Clippers, in the meantime, are fourth within the West and have largely been going “small” with Serge Ibaka taking part in full-time as a small-ball 5. For both of those contenders, making the cash work to tackle his $18 million wage whereas nonetheless providing one thing Indiana desires could also be a problem.

As for the Knicks, it is smart they’re trying to bolster their roster for the franchise’s first playoff push since 2013, however it’s value questioning the place younger shot-blocker Mitchell Robinson — who’s been out since mid-February with a damaged hand — matches into the crew’s long-term plans if New York desires the 24-year-old Turner.

Lastly, the Pelicans are an attention-grabbing addition to the record. They’ve at present received Steven Adams on the beginning heart spot, however at age 27, he won’t be of their long-term plans for that youthful core … particularly with two years and $35 million left on his contract after this season. Much more attention-grabbing, although, is that the Pelicans have the youthful, high-flying Jaxson Hayes on the roster too.

In any case, it might be a moot level for all these groups if the Pacers maintain agency on Turner previous the March 25 deadline. However with contenders just like the Lakers and Clippers , to not point out playoff hopefuls just like the Knicks, Hornets and Pelicans, that is one scenario value monitoring over the subsequent week.

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