The Pacers seem like they’ll have plenty of options if they decide to move Myles Turner.
Indiana received inquiries about a potential deal for the 23-year-old forward before and after the draft, according to a report from SNY, which cites unidentified league sources. Multiple teams, however, “came away with the impression that it would take an incredibly significant offer to land him,” the report says.
Turner averaged 13.3 points and 7.2 rebounds in 74 appearances last season. He also shot a career-best 38.8% from 3-point range and recorded a league-high 2.7 blocks per game.
The Pacers originally selected Turner out of Texas with the No. 11 pick in the 2015 draft. He signed a four-year, $72 million extension with the team in October 2018, but could become expandable at some point, as Indiana also has forward Domantas Sabonis, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal.
Indiana is currently planning to start both Turner and Sabonis in the frontcourt next season, coach Nate McMillan said earlier this month.
The Pacers finished 2018-19 with a 48-34 record and were swept by the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. They revamped their backcourt this summer by acquiring Malcolm Brogdon in a sign-and-trade with the Bucks and inking Jeremy Lamb to a three-year, $31.5 million contract.
Indiana acquired wing TJ Warren in a deal with the Suns, as well.
“We added a lot of fire power offensively, but we always wanted a team on a good timeline,” Indiana president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard told reporters in early July. “We feel we have a young team, a very vibrant up-and-coming team that’s willing to get better. We like guys who love the game. You can always tell when guys love the game, they have these incremental improvements every year.”
Pacers star Victor Oladipo ruptured his quad in late January and missed the rest of the season. He’s expected to be sidelined to start 2019-20.