The Indiana Pacers are coming off of a disappointing 2020-21 NBA season in which they went 34-38. They missed the playoffs for the first time since 2015 and some changes were made as a result of that.
Head coach Nate Bjorkgren was fired after only one season on the job. Rick Carlisle is back as head coach after 13 seasons with the Dallas Mavericks. He coached the Pacers for four seasons from 2003-2007.
Following the coaching change, many expected the roster to see a shakeup as well. Center Myles Turner has been one of the most talked-about players throughout the NBA offseason and many thought he would be on the move.
Indiana has long considered breaking up their frontcourt duo of Turner and Domantas Sabonis but a deal was never completed. Turner was close to being traded last offseason to the Boston Celtics, but things fell through.
For all of the reasons that other teams would want him, such as his elite rim protection and solid perimeter game, the Pacers would like to keep him as well.
As we head toward training camp, Turner remains a member of the Pacers roster. Indiana is expected to give their current configuration of the roster a chance, but he remains a name to watch in rumors as the season progresses toward the NBA trade deadline.
But, with in-house options to replace him, he could still be on the move before the 2021-22 season. Here are three teams that should still try to trade for the former Longhorn.