The upcoming NBA offseason is expected to feature a significant amount of trade activity. One of the players that could be on the move is Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner while the New Orleans Pelicans could be in the market for his services.
There is a lot left to be determined before the Pacers decide on who to move on from this offseason. After a head coach hire is made, Indiana will have a much better idea regarding the play style they will seek to adopt. If Turner is the frontcourt piece they elect to move, there would be no shortage of potential suitors.
When identifying the most intriguing landing spots for the NBA’s top trade targets, B/R’s Dan Favale named the Pelicans as his choice for Turner. Some of the names that were listed for a potential trade package included Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Josh Hart, Jaxson Hayes, and draft picks.
Turner would provide the Pelicans with a needed stretch-five presence to space the floor for Zion Williamson and to protect the rim. Given how interior-oriented Williamson’s skill-set is, it’s vital they find a player with Turner’s skill-set to maximize their future superstar’s impact.
It’s important to note, the Pelicans did make an aggressive push to trade for Myles Turner around the time of last year’s NBA Draft. The Pacers turned New Orleans away, but with Domantas Sabonis producing an All-Star season, could Indiana change their stance?
There are recent cases of teams experiencing substantial improvement on offense after adding a stretch-five into the mix. Whether it’s been the Dallas Mavericks with Kristaps Porzingis or the Milwaukee Bucks with Brook Lopez, the added dimensions reduce the burden placed on playmakers.
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