Trade for Dallas Mavericks to upgrade at center: 3. Bring Turner home
The Indiana Pacers were rumored to be shopping Turner before the trade deadline, but a season-ending foot injury lowered his value. Ultimately, Indiana traded Domantas Sabonis and got the sixth overall pick in the 2022 draft.
Turner is on an $18 million expiring contract next season. The Pacers can offer him an extension, but the front office should shop the 6’11 big man if he declines. Here is a deal that helps both teams improve and sends Turner to Dallas.
Mavericks receive: Myles Turner
Pacers receive: Tim Hardaway Jr., 2022 26th overall draft pick, 2024 second-round pick
The rebuilding Pacers get two draft picks, including a first-rounder this year to add more young talent. Indiana is building around Tyrese Haliburton, and they want shooting on the wings to space the floor.
Tim Hardaway Jr. had his best seasons playing under head coach Rick Carlisle, and he should thrive again in his system in Indiana.
The Dallas Mavericks get one of the best rim protectors in the league by acquiring Turner. He can also space the floor and rebound. The 26-year-old has struggled to stay on the court for the last two years, but Myles Turner could be the perfect fit in Dallas playing off Luka Doncic. His ability to space the floor, protect the rim, and rebound is just what the Mavs are searching for in a starting center.