The Golden State Warriors are going to be a very intriguing team to keep an eye on this offseason. With the need for a big man, there are a lot of options they could pursue. One of those options could be Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner.
Rumors have been swirling surrounding the Warriors and the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Dwight Howard has come up as a potential target, as has James Wiseman in the draft. However, Turner seems like a perfect fit.
One NBA scout spoke to NBA Analysis Network about why the Warriors should pursue Turner via an offseason trade.
“(Myles) Turner would be a perfect target for Golden State. They need a rim defender who won’t compromise their floor spacing. It doesn’t get better than Turner to check those boxes. The Warriors may have to move the No. 2 pick, but no one in the draft is a better fit for them than Turner would be.”
During the 2019-20 season with the Pacers, Turner ended up averaging 12.1 points per game to go along with 6.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. He shot 45.7 percent from the floor and knocked down 34.4 percent of his three-point attempts.
No one truly knows what the Pacers will look to do this offseason. New head coach Nate Bjorkgren seemed intrigued by the idea of having both Turner and Domantas Sabonis in his front-court. However, if the Warriors offered up the second overall pick, the Pacers would have to think about it.
At just 24 years old, Turner is just now entering his prime. He has not fit well with the Pacers, especially due to the system that Nate McMillan ran. A move to the Warriors could be exactly what the young center needs to unlock his full potential.
Steve Kerr and company have always done a good job of developing talent and putting players in the best position for them to succeed. That would be a welcomed philosophy for Myles Turner.
Expect to hear plenty of rumors surrounding both the Warriors and Pacers this offseason. Turner may not end up getting moved, but Golden State should strongly consider pursuing him.