Why This Trade Makes Sense For The Indiana Pacers:
Trading away Myles Turner would definitely have a negative impact on the Pacers defensively since he is leading the league in blocks, but acquiring Jalen Brunson, Dwight Powell and Dorian Finney-Smith gives the Pacers plenty of depth and allows them to be successful without both T.J. Warren and Caris LeVert.
Even when they return, the Pacers would have plenty of depth and could ultimately be one of the deepest teams in the league, giving them a great second-unit at full-strength. The only reason why Indiana’s bench is suffering right now is because of injuries and key bench players being elevated to the starting rotation.
At full strength, this Indiana team definitely has the firepower to contend with some of the Eastern Conference’s best teams and they could be a team that nobody wants to play late in the year. All three players they receive in this trade scenario could be a big part of why this team could end up being so successful.
We talked about Brunson and his impact earlier, but Dorian Finney-Smith has been getting better and better as a two-way wing. He is shooting 36.3% from three-point range this season and is a very solid one-on-one defender, giving the Pacers yet another reliable perimeter defender. Dwight Powell has not played much for the Mavs and is not much of a shot-blocker, but he is more than capable of being an impactful two-way rebounder given the opportunities to prove his worth.
The Pacers also receive a 2022 1st round pick from the Mavericks in this trade, giving them another opportunity to draft a high-level, impactful player they could utilize next to their superstar talents. While it may appear as a dumb trade for the Pacers, getting rid of Myles Turner definitely has its pros and could ultimately make them a better overall team.