The Pacers have formally exercised their 2017/18 team option on Myles Turner‘s contract, according to RealGM.com’s transactions log. The move comes as no surprise, but it ensures that Turner’s salary for the ’17/18 season is now fully guaranteed.
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Turner, the 11th overall pick in last year’s draft, appeared in 60 games during his rookie season in Indiana, starting 30 games at center during the regular season and four more in the playoffs. After averaging 10.3 PPG, 5.5 RPG, and 1.4 BPG during the season, Turner posted similar scoring and rebounding numbers in the Pacers’ first-round series against Toronto, while also contributing an impressive 3.3 BPG in those seven contests.
Turner’s rookie-scale contract calls for a salary worth about $2.46MM in 2016/17, while the option picked up by the Pacers for the following season comes in at about $2.57MM. The Pacers will have another option decision to make on Turner next year — assuming the club picks up his 2018/19 option ($3.41MM), he would eventually be eligible for a contract extension in 2018 or restricted free agency in the summer of 2019.