Case against the Dallas Mavericks trading for Myles Turner
The Pacers have been contemplating splitting up the pairing of Turner and Domantas Sabonis for years. Both men are best utilized playing center and operating inside. Turner is a career 35.7 percent 3-point shooter, but he would prefer being more involved in pick and rolls getting shots near the rim. The 25-year-old talked about the sacrifices he’s made (subscription required) playing with Sabonis.
Would Turner be happy coming to Dallas and playing next to Kristaps Porzingis? He would get more time at the five, but the defense could be disastrous. KP cannot defend on the perimeter, and Turner is one of the best rim protectors in the league. Taking Turner away from the basket would not be maximizing his talents.
Head coach Jason Kidd would have difficult rotation decisions to make in the playoffs if the Mavericks add Turner. He would need to stagger his two big men as much as possible, and one of the two would likely be forced to sit down the stretch as the opposition went small.
Expect multiple teams to be in on Myles Turner, and acquiring him would likely cost the Dallas Mavericks multiple draft picks. Would it be worth the cost to trade for a 6’11 big man whose role would likely be limited in the playoffs? That alone could force the Mavs to look elsewhere.