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Mavericks rumors roundup: A look at every 2022 trade deadline rumor so far

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Rumors: Dallas Mavericks want Myles Turner

The Athletic’s Shams Charania was first to report (subscription required) the Mavs interest in Turner. Head coach Jason Kidd is focused on improving his team’s defense and what better way than adding arguably the league’s best shot-blocker?

The 6’11 big man is currently sidelined with a foot injury, but he will have no shortage of suitors if he is fully healthy. Turner averages 12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and a league-leading 2.9 blocks in 29.4 minutes per game this season. He can also knock down 3-pointers and space the floor.

Shams linked the Knicks, Lakers, and Hornets as additional suitors for Turner, but the list is unlikely to stop there. It will likely take a first-round pick, plus an asset to get the Pacers to trade away Turner before the deadline. He is under contract next season for $18 million, which means Indiana will be in no rush to trade him at a discount.

The Dallas Mavericks are 100 percent interested in Turner because he would be an upgrade over their current starting center, but acquiring him from the Pacers will be difficult. Dallas still owes the New York Knicks a first-round pick from the Kristaps Porzingis trade, and the top ten protection in 2023 prevents the Mavs from trading a first until 2027. Dallas is likely to come up short when trying to trade for Myles Turner.