With the NBA trade deadline coming up, teams work toward improving their lineup before the second half of the season. Lineup changes may or may not give a team better chances at locking in on a playoff spot. That said, one of the hottest commodities ahead of the trade deadline is Myles Turner.
What makes this trade tricky to pull off is the fact that the 25-year-old might be sidelined through the trade deadline. He sustained a foot injury in his recent appearance. This leaves teams thinking twice about getting into a tussle for the player. Nevertheless, NitroBetting looks into the best landing spots for the Indiana Pacers big man.
Three Best Trade Destinations for Myles Turner
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3. Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are in a slump this season. Anthony Davis’ injury troubles are slowing the Purple and Gold. It would be surprising if they held back from making a move on Myles Turner before the trade deadline on February 10.
The Lakers are the latest team to express interest in Turner. Although it’s too soon to say how things could transpire, they are among the teams that benefit from another big man in their roster. The Pacers look to get two first-round picks from the trade. In addition, they can also do with a promising young player and a first-round pick in exchange for Turner. If the Lakers are willing to give up their 2027 first-round pick, it’s safe to say that they have good chances of making the trade happen.
The Lakers are +1300 to win the NBA Championship this season, and adding another core player might just be the only move they have with a deteriorating starting lineup.
2. New York Knicks
The Knicks have young players they can offer in a package for a Turner deal. Obi Toppin could be part of a package that might also include other Knicks youngsters like Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes. The Turner-Randle pairing is exciting to imagine. Turner is a better shooter from the three-point line while drawing opposing centers out of the paint. He is a potential fit with the Knicks big man and Derrick Rose.
With a respectable +8000 odds of winning the championship, the inclusion of Turner gives the Knicks a better fighting chance should they make the playoffs.
1. Dallas Mavericks
The Mavericks are linked to several players. This list includes a Myles Turner acquisition via trade. They are less likely to get John Collins, who just signed a five-year, $125-million extension of his rookie contract. Turner can add good value to any team. He averages 12.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game so far this season. Additionally, his playing style makes him compatible with different systems.
Turner looks to get a more imposing role on the offensive end. This is something the Mavs can offer alongside Slovenian superstar Luka Doncic. Since Kristaps Porzingis faced a fair share of injury problems throughout the years, having Turner available takes that stress away from the side.
The only way we see this happening is if Dallas is willing to put Porzingis in a trade deal. This could aid the Mavs’ +3300 futures odds of taking the NBA Championship title this season.
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