Myles Turner Linked As NBA Trade Deadline Target For Hornets

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The Charlotte Hornets are in the midst of a successful 2021-22 NBA campaign as the trade deadline nears. The team holds a 28-23 record and are currently in the top play-in spot in the Eastern Conference. The team is loaded with talent between young franchise-cornerstones like LaMelo Ball and Miles Bridges to savvy veterans like Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier.

One thing remains clear when it comes to evaluating the landscape of the Hornets’ roster, however. Charlotte soon will have a tough time paying all of their key young players without moving one of them, or making a trade that sheds future salary from one of their higher paid names. Meanwhile, the team needs a legitimate center.

When identifying the top three trade deadline targets for each team around the NBA, Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz made it clear the Charlotte Hornets’ priority at the NBA trade deadline should to acquire a center that can protect the rim and be a finisher on lob passes.

“An upgrade at center is the only thing holding back these Hornets, preferably one who can protect the rim and finish off lobs from LaMelo Ball.” Swartz wrote.

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Swartz labeled Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner as a ‘dream’ target—calling him the ‘obvious first choice’ in terms of potential NBA trade deadline targets. Turner is averaging 29.4 minutes, 12.9 points (50.9% FG, 33.3% 3P), 7.1 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in 42 appearances this season.

“Turner, the league’s leading shot-blocker for three of the past four seasons, is the obvious first choice. The 25-year-old should be available as well, as HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto writes, “the Pacers are seeking two first-round picks or a promising young player and a first-round pick” in exchange for his services. However, a stress reaction in his left foot could bring the asking price down,” Swartz wrote.

It does seem encouraging that Turner did not end up being diagnosed with a stress fracture and instead is currently recovering from a stress reaction. The thought has been that he will be sidelined through the NBA trade deadline and most likely the NBA All-Star break, too.

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Turner recently had another scan of his foot and the news was described as being ‘good’ by Indiana Pacers coach Rick Carlisle—explaining the how is for Turner to return ‘sooner than later.’ It was also mentioned by Carlisle that Turner is expected to ‘ramp up some things soon.’

It still seems as though some NBA front offices running teams that are in the heat of the playoff race may be a big reluctant to make an aggressive move to meet the Pacers’ often lofty asking price to get a deal done involving Myles Turner. Could P.J. Washington be of appeal to Indiana in a trade with the Charlotte Hornets? He could slot in next to Domantas Sabonis long-term.

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The shot blocking presence that Myles Turner brings catches a lot of the attention but he brings real versatility as a defender in pick-and-roll situations and can hold his own on switches. He’s also greatly improved as a finisher against contact and in the post against mismatches. His 3-point percentage took a dive toward the time of his diagnoses, but it is believed he was dealing with his foot injury leading up to the diagnosis.

The prevailing thought around the league has been the increasing likelihood that Myles Turner remains a member of the Indiana Pacers through the NBA trade deadline but is moved closer to the 2022 NBA Draft.

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