Why This Trade Makes Sense For The Los Angeles Lakers
Getting a guy like Myles Turner could drastically change the dynamic of the Los Angeles Lakers for many years to come, especially given that they are the favorites to win back-to-back titles. At just 24-years old and being one of the best shot-blockers in the NBA, Turner can be the center of the Lakers for many years to come and create one of the best defensive frontcourts in the history of the league with Anthony Davis.
Over the course of his career with the Pacers, Myles Turner has averaged 12.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and has shot 48.8% from the floor and 35.2% from three-point range. His 707 blocks in his first 5 seasons makes him one of the top shot-blockers in the league and makes him a player who can have an immediate impact in L.A. regardless of if AD and Montrezl Harrell are also in the frontcourt.
All three of these guys could fit in perfectly together, especially since Harrell thrives off the bench anyways and is the reigning Sixth-Man of the Year in the league. While they would be great together defensively, this trio in the frontcourt for Los Angeles would also do wonders on the offensive end of the court.
Taking all of their averages from this season so far and putting them together, the Lakers could expect to get close to 50 points per game just from these three players alone. This would make them one of the best all around frontcourts in the NBA, something that would be hard for the Lakers to pass up.
While Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Kuzma have had big impacts on this organization through the years, passing up on the opportunity to trade for Myles Turner would be extremely hard for GM Rob Pelinka and the Lakers’ front office to do.
They did just give both players new contracts and see them in their plans moving forward, but opportunities like this do not come around everyday and Myles Turner is a game-changer on the defensive end of the court. If you add Myles Turner to this Los Angeles Lakers roster, they should have no problem winning yet another championship this year and possibly look to join elite company as one of the few teams to win three consecutive championships next year.
If the Pacers are willing to trade Myles Turner to the Lakers, L.A. would be out of their minds to not accept any trade to suit Turner up in the purple and gold.