3 Myles Turner trade pitches: Reject, repair, and rejoice for Pacers: Maxi Kleber
For this deal, we’re going to be rejecting the entire premise of the trade. There just isn’t a way for the move to make sense for the Indiana Pacers.
Pacers receive: Maxi Kleber, 20227 first-round pick (via DAL)
Mavericks receive: Myles Turner
Spurs receive: T.J. McConnell, JaVale McGee, 2024 second-round pick (via IND from MIL), 2030 second-round pick (via DAL)
This trade was concocted by Michael Mulford of DallasBasketball.com, and while JaVale McGee has since been waived and can no longer be included, that doesn’t affect this deal from Indiana’s perspective.
Even if the Mavericks threw in another player who makes similar money and they were sent to the Pacers, it still wouldn’t be worth it for Indiana to make this deal.
Myles Turner had more success last year with Tyrese Haliburton at the point guard than he ever has, and the Pacers could be ready to push for the postseason sooner than most realize.
Trading him for an aging veteran role player and a future first-round pick that may or may not be valuable wouldn’t help them now or in the future.
Obviously, this would be insane value for Dallas, as they’d be getting the starting-caliber center they desperately need, but Indiana has no motivation to make a trade like this.
All in all, the Pacers would be giving up Turner, TJ McConnell, and a second-round pick for a role player and a first-rounder that doesn’t convey until four years into the future.
That’s just not a smart move for the Pacers.