This three-team trade proposal could be a no-brainer for the Pacers

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Does the proposed three-team deal make sense for the Indiana Pacers?

The Indiana Pacers have shown indications of being amenable to trading Myles Turner for the right price. That right price is rumored to be in the form of a first-round selection (unprotected for the Lakers variant).

In the three-team trade proposal, the Pacers will not only get one for their taking, but they will also get their hands on two young players who should be more than enough to offset the top-10 protection.

Obi Toppin and Immanuel Quickley are truly talented young cogs who should fit well with the Pacers. The former hasn’t found the bounty of minutes needed to make the proverbial jump. While his numbers are down this season compared to his last, his much-improved three-point shooting, athleticism, and defensive upside are everything Indiana wants in a power forward.

Meanwhile, Quickley is a microwave scorer who can function as a primary playmaker in spurts while committing only a few mistakes, which is surprising given his volatile play style. His shooting splits will not impress anyone, but I’d argue that in the modern NBA, every team needs a fearless volume shooter, though the 23-year-old is more than that.

Overall, there’s a lot to like in this deal. Should the opportunity present itself, the Indiana Pacers should not let unresolute scenarios cloud their judgment. Instead, they should jump the gun on the chance to bolster their young roster and get whatever they can for Myles Turner.

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