3 Reasons why a Myles Turner trade to the Clippers makes zero sense

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Why the Indiana Pacers should not trade Myles Turner to the LA Clippers

2. What does LA even have that is worth entertaining?

The LA Clippers’ payroll is pretty top-heavy, with their clear-cut, top-two players in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George occupying more than 40 percent of their salary cap table. That means that they only have role players at best to use to somehow enchant the Indiana Pacers on a Myles Turner deal.

Norman Powell and Marcus Morris Sr., two players whose contracts are the easiest to equate to Turner’s, both make zero sense for Indiana, the former due to roster overlaps, and the latter due to age. Ditto for Luke Kennard, Robert Covington, and Nicolas Batum (plus salary fillers), who do not present sensible fits whatsoever timeline-wise (or salary-wise, in the case of Kennard).

Ivica Zubac is perhaps the best that the Clippers can offer, and even that is far from an engaging gauntlet to launch any potential negotiations. No offense to the Croatian big man, who’s solid in his own right, but the Pacers’ play style will simply not do him justice, and vice-versa.

How about draft compensation? Well, the Clippers, like the other LA team, are bereft of such. In fact, they do not conclusively own any first-round picks until 2027. Sorry, but it’s gonna be Paul George or no deal (hah).