The Indiana Pacers and Minnesota Timberwolves both are teams who could strongly benefit from making a major change in the NBA offseason. Neither team managed to make the playoffs and will look to make the necessary changes in order to change that for the 2021-22 season.
For the Timberwolves, it has been a gradual process waiting for top NBA Draft prospects to pan out around Karl-Anthony Towns. Likely without a first-round pick in this year’s draft, Minnesota will need to get creative with how they are adding talent around Towns, just as they were when they executed the trade with the Golden State Warriors to land D’Angelo Russell.
As seen with teams like the Phoenix Suns, adding veteran talent is important when it comes time to win after rebuilding through the NBA Draft. An acquisition with the same impact as the Chris Paul trade had for the Suns would be highly unlikely, but regardless, the Timberwolves could move up the Western Conference rankings quickly by addressing some key weaknesses.
The Pacers pride themselves on making the playoffs every season and with them failing to achieve that goal this season, making a meaningful change is necessary. Firing former head coach Nate Bjorkgren has already been done but that’s not far enough.
Could a trade of a key player like Myles Turner be an option? He appears to be the most likely of any core player to be dealt, if one does get moved. This has been an idea floated around in NBA trade rumors in recent years but has never resulted in a deal taking place.
With that being said, let’s take a look at an NBA trade scenario centered around Myles Turner that would send the NBA blocks leader from the Indiana Pacers to the Minnesota Timberwolves.