The Indiana Pacers are entering what could be a very interesting offseason full of roster movement and a new head coach. While the franchise is not expected to blow the roster up, a trade or two could happen. One player that many believe to be available is big man Myles Turner.
Over the last few years, the rumor mill has run rampant with Turner trade talk. Nothing has happened yet, but it seems like that the Pacers could consider a change of scenery for the 25-year-old center.
Jake Rogers of NBA Analysis Network came up with a very intriguing trade idea involving Turner heading to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Here are the details of the hypothetical trade suggested by Rogers.
Pacers Receive: Malik Beasley, Jaden McDaniels
Timberwolves Receive: Myles Turner
This would be an interesting trade, although Pacers fans likely don’t love the idea. Beasley would be a good pickup and McDaniels would become a solid role player. It just doesn’t bring back a big name for Indiana, which would cause some concern due to giving up one of the NBA’s elite rim protectors.
During the 2020-21 NBA season with the Pacers, Turner ended up averaging 12.6 points per game to go along with 6.5 rebounds and 3.4 blocks. He shot 47.7 percent from the floor overall and knocked down 33.5 percent of his three-point attempts.
Beasley had a breakout season with the Timberwolves this year, averaging 19.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 0.8 steals per game. He shot 44 percent from the floor and 39.9 percent from three-point range. McDaniels chipped in 6.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks per game.
What makes this deal intriguing for the Pacers is that Beasley is just 24 years old and McDaniels is just 20. Both players would be feasible long-term additions to the team.
All of that being said, this is obviously a hypothetical trade and likely won’t happen. But, it’s still intriguing to think about. The Pacers may not end up trading Myles Turner this offseason, but it’s something to brace yourselves for.