Miles Turner would like the Pacers to trade him to the Lakers. But there are a lot of moving parts that can prevent this deal from happening.
A strange weekend in the NBA – Josh Primo fired by Tottenham for allegedly exposing himself to several women, Kyrie Irving angrily defending his apparent anti-Semitic behavior – is already showing signs of turning into a bizarre week in the NBA.
This morning, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski released a new episode of his podcast featuring Miles Turner, currently from the Indiana Pacers, case making With the Los Angeles Lakers to trade for him. We’ve definitely seen trade requests in the season before with players leaking their favorite destinations. But this is the first time I remember seeing this unfold in the guise of expert analysis from a third party.
It’s no surprise that Turner wanted to trade. He’s been mentioned in trade rumors for years, and the Pacers suggested they might not see him as part of their future when they signed Deandre Ayton on a huge bid sheet this summer (which ended up with the Suns). And on paper, it seems logical that the Pacers would convert Turner and his expired connection into a future first-round pick if they could. But that does not mean that it will actually happen
How will the Lakers trade for Miles Turner?
The Lakers have been linked with Turner in trade rumors since early in the season, but the most frequent and likely scenario is that Turner and Buddy Heald go to the Lakers for Russell Westbrook and their 2027 and 2029 first-round options (early future picks are) able to trade according to league rules).
A common point of contention was the Lakers’ unwillingness to trade Both Among those selected are in a deal that will undoubtedly improve their list. However, even if they were willing to include both of those picks right now, things have changed for the Pacers because of Buddy Heald and Westbrook.
Hield was absolutely fantastic to start the season, averaging 17.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game, shooting 44.6 percent from behind the arc – rebounds, assists and 3-point shot numbers are all career highs. There is a line of thought that moving Hield could open up more opportunities for rookie Bennedict Mathurin but Mathurin was exceptional in his own right, averaging 21.0 points in under 30 minutes per game.
The Pacers played Heald, Halliburton, and Mathurin together for Total 78 minutes Across seven games, he scored 130.8 points per 100 possessions in those minutes and beat opponents by 17.4 per 100. Hield’s shooting and his offensive versatility have helped boost things for both Mathurin and Haliburton and can be invaluable in supporting their development.
Hield is also under contract for next year as well with a decreasing annual salary which is very reasonable $18 million for the next season. The Pacers may want to try to turn him around while his value is peaking, but he also has a lot of immediate value, even as a veteran on this young roster he’s rebuilding, and if they keep him for the rest of this season, they’d still have chances to redeem himself before his contract expires. During its trading next summer or on the 2023-24 trading deadline.
Westbrook has been disastrous to start this season, and there is basically no scenario where the Pacers are able to turn it over again to get anything useful, meaning they are just trying to buy it for the rest of the season or simply pay him for it. Stay away from their team.
All of this means that it might make sense for the Pacers to decouple Hield and Turner into trade scenarios and explore options alongside the Lakers. They can tell if the Lakers are only interested in taking Turner for one of the first-round picks in the future, but that would require the Lakers to trade a lot of other pieces to match salaries.
Where else could the Indiana Pacers trade Miles Turner besides the Los Angeles Lakers?
These are all based on my own assessments of menu needs, contrary to reported rumors, so please treat them with caution.
Phoenix Suns: Trading Miles Turner could be too risky for the potentially fragile chemistry here after the Suns matched the offer sheet signed by Dendry Eaton to the Indiana Pacers. But Turner would be a useful depth, especially with Eaton just spraining his ankle, and it could be the most value the Suns can reclaim now in a deal built around Jay Crowder.
Something like Turner and Oshae Brissett for Crowder and Dario Saric (who has only played two minutes since his injury in the 2021 AFC Champions League) and a protected first-round pick could work on paper. Pacers can shop for both Crowder and Saric for additional assets with a little more flexibility to make a deal than Suns had. Phoenix gets a pair of big players that can be connected to spin instantly for what are basically empty places on the roster at the moment.
Portland Trail Blazers: It will take some real trickery to make this work, as the Blazers have to bring back Nasser Little, Keon Johnson, Justise Winslow, Drew Eubanks and Greg Brown II to make the salaries match. In this scenario, they would almost certainly not want to attach any additional picks and would need to sell the Pacers on the potential upside for Johnson, Little and Brown. But as a backup/defensive supplement for Norcic, Turner could help the Blazers if they are willing to pursue extra wing depth elsewhere.
Miami Heat: The Heat got off to a terrible start and didn’t get much attacking efficiency either from Duncan Robinson or Kyle Lowry. Trading with Turner can be complicated for a number of reasons (including the default compatibility between Turner and Adebayo) but it can be a way for Heat to turn things around. Lowry and the selection of Turner and TJ McConnell will help fill two slots, but will require Pacers to feel comfortable with their chances of buying the Lowry or refilling it for another deal. Robinson’s deal is easier from a salary matching standpoint, but the three years left on his deal make him more difficult to swallow and the Heat may have to include multiple choices to make it work.
Los Angeles Clippers: The Clippers are another tournament aspiring to a horrific start that may be looking for a drastic change. A deal could be built around Marcus Morris, Nicholas Batum or Robert Covington, but in each case they would have to include a fairly valuable selection and sacrifice a bit of wing depth.
No slam wins but the Lakers’ deal isn’t as straightforward as it seemed a few weeks ago. Westbrook has only gotten more toxic since the season started and Buddy Hield’s calculus has changed, probably dramatically. It appears that the Pacers have been waiting for the Lakers desperate enough to include both options, but, as desperate as the Lakers are at the moment, the moment of this deal is probably gone.
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Kyrie Irving’s tweets are linked to a movie with anti-Semitic themes, and Jaylen Brown cuts ties with Kanye West
On Saturday, Kyrie Irving shared a link to an Amazon page for a movie containing antisemitic themes. He doubled down at a press conference when reporter Nick Friedel said he was “promoting” the movie. Irving denied that participation equals promotion.
Here’s what you need to know:
Josh Primo, released by Tottenham, revealed himself to many of the women in the organization
Spurs shockingly released Josh Primo, a lottery pick from 2012.
- Primo claim after release: Primo issued a statement Before the allegations became public, indicating that he was “seeking help to deal with past trauma,” he suffered. He said he would take the time to focus on his mental health and ask for privacy.
- Allegations against Primo: After the release, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne reported that Primo revealed himself to several women in the organisation.
- One victim retained representation: One woman has retained Tony Busby in connection with the allegation of exposure against Primo. Buzbee represented the women in the Deshaun Watson suit.
- How long has Spurs known?: Right before the incident, Spurs opted for a multi-million dollar option in their Primo contract for 2023-24, so it appears the action was taken very quickly.
The Lakers finally won
The Lakers scored their first win of the season on Sunday over the Denver Nuggets.
- Russell Westbrook: Westbrook scored 18 points from the bench. Anthony Davis He praised Westbrook for having the humility to come off the bench.
- Very bad start The last time the Lakers started the season 0-4 was 2016. This season had their worst start since 2014-15 when the Lakers also started 0-5. That year, the Lakers finished 21-61.
- drilling hole: The Lakers are 14th in the Western Conference standings.
Dendry Eaton has an ankle injury
Deandre Ayton will miss at least a week with a sprained ankle.
- How did he hurt his ankle? Eaton was jumping close to the rotten line when Jonas Valanciunas’ foot was on his landing spot. Eaton awkwardly got down on his foot and rolled his ankle, spraining him.
- How important is Ayton?: Eaton averages 15.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
- Hot Sun start: The Sun qualifies 5-1 and faces the Timberwolves, Trail Blazers twice, and Sixers over the next week.