This Lakers-Pacers trade is centered around Myles Turner to L.A.

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Los Angeles Lakers Receive: Myles Turner, Edmond Sumner, Jalen Lecque

Indiana Pacers Receive: Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Wesley Matthews, Quinn Cook

If Myles Turner is going to be acquired by the Los Angels Lakers, it only makes sense that Montrezl Harrell is part of the return. This would give the Indiana Pacers a short-term replacement in the frontcourt and could fill the former off-the-bench role that Domantas Sabonis had a few seasons ago.

The Pacers would be able to start Kyle Kuzma at the four spot alongside Sabonis in the frontcourt. Starting at the four was something Kuzma did during LeBron James’ first season with the Lakers but changed after Anthony Davis’ arrival. If Indiana was to move Sabonis over the five, they’d need someone that can space the floor and provide some defensive versatility. Kuzma has shown to be able to do both.

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Myles Turner would be the perfect frontcourt mate for Anthony Davis when he returns to the lineup. Davis and Turner are two of the NBA’s best shot blockers and each can switch screens and excel at guarding other positions.

Turner’s stretch-five skill-set would give LeBron James plenty of room to operate in the half-court, too. That’s always the challenge when trying to find an ideal fit alongside Davis offensively since it’s not easy to find a catch-and-shoot threat at that spot.

Let’s take a look at how this NBA trade deadline scenario centered around Myles Turner would benefit both the Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Lakers.