The 2021-22 NBA trade deadline is quickly approaching and teams are starting to get serious about what they are going to do ahead of it. Myles Turner is a name that has come up often and it appears that the Indiana Pacers are open to potential deals this year. Two teams to keep a close eye on in trade talks involving Turner appear to be the Los Angeles Lakers and Charlotte Hornets.
Over the last couple of years, Turner has been mentioned in quite a few trade rumors. This is not the first time that the Lakers and Hornets have been connected to him.
According to a report from The Athletic, both the Lakers and Hornets have expressed trade interest in Turner. Other teams with some level of interest are the Mavericks and Knicks.
Rival teams are ramping up conversations with the Pacers involving guard Caris LeVert and center Myles Turner. The Mavericks and Knicks are expressing interest in trading for Turner, sources said. The Lakers and Hornets have had a level of interest in Turner as well, sources added.
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Turner has been putting together a nice all-around season for the Pacers this season. He has averaged 13.1 points per game to go along with 7.3 rebounds and 2.9 blocks. In addition to those averages, Turner has knocked down 51.8 percent of his shot attempts and has connected on 35.7 percent of his three-point attempts.
Those numbers show why teams like the Lakers and Hornets would have a high level of interest in trading for Myles Turner. He is one of the league’s top defensive big men and has shown the ability to stretch the floor and knock down the three as well. Turner has also improved putting the ball on the floor and getting to the rim.
At just 25 years of age, Turner is the kind of trade target that can help a team win now and also be a part of their long-term plan. That is something that teams are intrigued by as well.
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Expect to hear a lot more rumors surrounding Turner in the coming days. The Pacers may move him, or they may opt to keep him around for the rest of the season. If the Lakers or Hornets or another team comes in with an aggressive offer, it would not be shocking to see Turner outside of Indiana before the trade deadline.
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