Indiana Pacers: Three trade packages for Myles Turner

Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers and Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans
Myles Turner – (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

Holiday brothers unite

Right off the bat, here is a trade that fans should be pleased with on both sides. The Pacers are able to unload Myles for a defensive contributor and veteran. Jrue Holiday, the oldest of the three Holiday brothers, is reunited with the younger two – assuming the Pacers retain Justin Holiday in free agency.

The Pacers add a two-way combo guard who adds plenty of experience on the wing. If the Pacers keep Victor Oladipo, having a defensive unit of Malcolm Brogon, Holiday, and Oladipo would alleviate some of the problems from losing Turner down low. Holiday has averaged 1.5 steals per game over his entire career while adding 0.5 blocks and 3.9 rebounds.

Holiday is no slouch on offense either. He has averaged 19.7 points per game since 2017 on .475/.338/.758 shooting splits. He can slide into the starting lineup as a wing and play in the backcourt with the second unit at times.

For New Orleans, they are able to ship off an aging Jrue Holiday for a younger Turner. Building around Zion Williamson and Lonzo Ball, the Pelicans can play Myles at the five while stretching the floor and opening things on offense. Jaxson Hayes can continue to grow with the second unit.

Doug McDermott serves as a bit of a cap filler in this deal but also provides shooting for the Pels, who would have a number of three-point threats spread across the lineup. This trade could work for both sides but this may not be the exact deal if one were to go down.

While the Pelicans may believe they are ready to compete, trading Holiday while his value is still high may be the best for them in the long term. The Pacers, on the other hand, add much-needed veteran help and a two-way player they need.