Why This Trade Makes Sense For The Indiana Pacers
Over the years, Myles Turner has constantly proved himself to be an excellent two-way player, yet the Pacers have too much talent to give him a chance to expand his game. His numbers have taken a hit as a result and Indiana may not be the best fit for him anymore.
If the Pacers were to trade Turner now while his value is at an all-time high, they could potentially get a young second-year forward in Rui Hachimura, as well as key role players in Ish Smith and Thomas Bryant. Not to mention, they would be receiving two first-round picks and a second-round pick as well to continue building a young core.
When Caris LeVert and T.J. Warren return, the Indiana Pacers are going to be a legit threat in the Eastern Conference, but with more key role players, they could finally have the supporting cast to do some damage in the Eastern Conference.
Each of the last five seasons, the Pacers have made the playoffs, but have lost in the first-round because of their lack of weapons. By making this trade, they may take a hit defensively, but they should get better offensively since Hachimura and Smith can contribute immediately in the second-unit for this team.
This team has no financial flexibility right now and while they do have draft picks through the years, those will not help them win immediately. Indiana has struggled in the playoffs through the years and if they do not make it out of the first-round this year, this roster could be completely torn apart and rebuilt.
It makes more sense now for them to trade Turner while they can get a great trade package in return for him, rather than trying to unload him next offseason when teams may not be too keen on trading for him.