The Indiana Pacers have been going back and forth for a while now deciding if they should break up their jumbo frontcourt pairing of Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner. With the number of NBA teams in the market for a center this offseason, it looked like it would finally happen.
There were a lot of rumors throughout the offseason involving Turner. The New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors were all mentioned as possible landing spots to varying degrees.
With the offseason winding down, Turner remains on the Pacers roster. While he has been shopped, he is a player that has performed well during his tenure with the team.
The former Texas Longhorn is as good as they come defensively when it comes to protecting the rim. He led the league with 3.4 blocks per game last season and has swatted 2.2 shots per game in his career. The fewest blocks he has averaged per game in his career is 1.4, which came in his rookie season.
Turner is a modern-day big man, as he doesn’t clog the paint on offense. He is comfortable out on the perimeter, knocking down 35.2 percent of his 3-point shots in his career. His attempts per game have increased every season in his career.
That versatility is why he has been a popular name in trade circles. The Pacers have yet to pull the trigger on a move, but here are three reasons the Pacers must move Turner before the trade deadline.