The surprising upside of Los Angeles adding Pacers’ Myles Turner

Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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For those who are unaware (aka have been living under a rock), much of the narrative around the Pacers season to date has been the future of big-man Myles Turner.

Myles has long been linked to all kinds of trade rumors his whole career, but this year has taken the whispers to a whole new level. There are multiple reasons for this.

First, Turner has looked like a much improved player in the five position alongside of an elite point guard like Tyrese Haliburton. The other reason, is that his contract is up after the current year, so the Pacers are looking at losing him for nothing. Recent news has Myles Turner turning down an extension offer from the Pacers.

Enter Los Angeles. Which Los Angeles team? Well, ironically, both of them. Both the Clippers and the Lakers have been linked to Myles Turner, given that both franchises are having disappointing seasons themselves.

The Lakers find themselves with two generational players in Lebron and Anthony Davis, and a clock that is quickly running out.

The Clippers find themselves with one of the highest payrolls in NBA history, both Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, and no real playoff success to show for it.