Indiana Pacers: 4 ideal trade partners for Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis

Indiana Pacers, Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis - Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Indiana Pacers, Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis - Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports /
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The clock is officially ticking for the Indiana Pacers on their commitment to the Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis pairing. Following a week underscored by the team at the core of the rumor mill, it may only be a matter of weeks until one or both of them moves on from the Blue and Gold.

That being said, given the multitude of options that the front office could have as they foray into the market to gauge value for both big men, some teams could sneakily shell out fool’s gold to compensate for their lack of assets to make a viable return (like this one).

Thus, which teams could serve as ideal trade partners for the Pacers regarding Turner and Sabonis? Here are four clubs which have the assets to make a generous offer that Indiana could consider engaging in a trade for.

Indiana Pacers, Myles Turner
Indiana Pacers, Myles Turner – Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /

The Charlotte Hornets have some interesting players to field in an offer for one of the Indiana Pacers’ big men

.The Hornets’ interest in the Pacers’ big men has been well-chronicled, not only recently, but in the last couple of years. And with Indy expressing more openness than before to break up the frontcourt pairing, Charlotte could be one of the teams to poach one of Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis.

Fit-wise, both centers provide varying, yet equally intriguing skillsets that the Hornets can use. Sabonis can diversify Charlotte’s already-deadly offense with his all-around game, tenacious rebounding, and post proficiency to lessen the pressure on LaMelo Ball to create.

Meanwhile, Turner can function well on their high-motor attack, further enhancing their half court prowess with his three-point acumen, and most importantly, he is one of the best rim protectors in basketball.

On Indiana’s end, the Hornets can field an offer centered on their youngsters like PJ Washington, James Bouknight, JT Thor or Kai Jones, with Mason Plumlee as a salary-matcher. They can also sweeten the pot with premium draft compensation, especially for Sabonis, to pull away from other suitors.