The Indiana Pacers have already traded one veteran this NBA offseason, as Malcolm Brogdon was sent to the Boston Celtics. They could have more moves to make, as center Myles Turner has been involved in some trade rumors as well.
That is nothing new for the Texas product, as his name has seemingly been on the trade block for years. Indiana contemplated breaking up their jumbo frontcourt of him and Domantas Sabonis for a while and ahead of the 2022 NBA trade deadline, they finally pulled the trigger.
Sabonis was traded to the Sacramento Kings and had Turner not injured his foot, he likely would have been traded as well. There were a lot of teams interested in him and that interest has not waned in the offseason.
There were some reports that the Pacers would like to see Turner play alongside Tyrese Haliburton, who was acquired from the Kings in the Sabonis trade. But, a trade is very well still possible as Turner is entering the final season of his contract.
If Indiana does not believe they will retain him long-term, trading him now and getting something in return is better than watching him depart as a free agent with zero compensation.
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Trade rumors are something that impacts players differently. Some players are distracted by them and the constant questions that the media asks. Turner, however, has now become numb to it.
In a recent piece with Andscape, Turner revealed that trade rumors are no longer something that affects him. He has been involved in them for so long, that he is numb to it now after exploring his spiritual side deeper during a trip to Africa.
“This is my fifth offseason with trade rumors going on. ‘He’s going to land here; he’s going to do this. He going to do that.’ I am finally numb to it, in a sense. So that’s another thing that I was proud of myself for as well,” Turner wrote.
That was certainly a tough thing to accept. At the end of the day, the NBA is a business and organizations will do what is best for them, not always the player. Turner has now accepted that there are things outside of his control and he will make the most of the things that he can control.
The Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors are two teams that have been mentioned as a potential landing spot for the versatile Turner, who is a good stretch-five and an elite rim protector.
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