Knicks, Lakers, Mavericks, Hornets interested in Myles Turner trade

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Myles Turner is one of the best defensive centers in the league. He leads the league with 2.9 blocks per game and opposing players are shooting just 55% against him within six feet of the rim (numbers similar to Mitchell Robinson and Deandre Ayton). In addition, it can swing around the perimeter and stand up to the guards and wings. He wants a bigger role in the offensive in Indiana, but if he’s not there, then somewhere – Turner has been available via commerce since last summer.

Now comes a report that teams are at least hitting the tires on a Turner trade, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The Mavericks and Knicks are expressing interest in trading for Turner, sources said. The Lakers and Hornets have also shown some interest in Turner, sources added.

To get Turner out of Indiana, a team will have to give up a combination of young players and picks, with likely a veteran to balance wages. Turner makes $ 18 million this season and the next. Heis averaged 13.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

Some of these trades make more sense than others.

The Knicks are an interesting case. Because Turner can shoot the 3 (35.7% this season) and remove opposing crosses from the paint, he’s a potential adjustment with Julius Randle and guards like Derrick Rose. However, to trade for Turner, the prize is likely Obi Toppin, the fan favorite, plus a first-round pick (with some level of protection) and Nerlens Noel to balance the money? Turner is a good fit for the Knicks on both sides, but would they move Toppin for him?

Charlotte has the young players to offer, and Turner would be both an upgrade from Mason Plumlee (who played well for the Hornets) and an interesting pick-and-pop partner with LaMelo Ball. A deal around Kelly Oubre Jr., be it Miles Bridges or PJ Washington, and a protected first-round pick may be enough, if the Pacers like those players.

Dallas is not the kind of young player the Pacers would be interested in (aside from Luka Doncic, who is obviously not available). Unless someone in Indiana likes Josh Green, it’s hard to build a good business.

Would the Lakers give up Talen Horton-Tucker, Kendrick Nunn and a first-round pick to get a center – is this the job they need most? When things get serious in the playoffs, the Lakers will be leaning on Anthony Davis at five anyway. A trade from Turner to the Lakers seems unlikely at best.

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