Pacers Seeking Two First-Round Picks For Myles Turner

The Pacers are seeking two first-round picks in any deal for Myles Turner, league sources tell Michael Scotto of HoopsHype. According to Scotto, Indiana would also be open to a package that includes a first-rounder and a promising young player.

Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report said last week that the Pacers were expected to seek multiple first-round selections for Turner.

Although the Pacers are open to moving Turner, it makes sense that the team’s asking price would be high. The veteran center, just 25 years old, is a talented interior defender who is leading the NBA in blocks per game (2.8) for the third time in the last four seasons. He can also knock down outside shots (.349 career 3PT%) and doesn’t have an onerous contract (he’s owed $18MM this season and another $18MM in 2022/23).

Of course, there are a lot of variables that will affect the Pacers’ return for Turner. His $18MM salary will need to be matched, so if Indiana takes on an unwanted contract or two in the deal, the team could demand stronger assets. A trade partner would also push to add protections to any first-round picks included in its offer, so the Pacers would have to haggle over those terms.

The Mavericks, Knicks, Lakers, Hornets, Timberwolves, Kings, Trail Blazers, and Raptors have all been previously cited as potential suitors for Turner.

According to Scotto, the Pacers’ asking price for Caris LeVert isn’t too different from the price for Turner — the team is reportedly seeking a first-round pick and a “good young player” in exchange for LeVert.

Both Turner and LeVert will be unrestricted free agents in 2023.

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