Malcolm Brogdon and Myles Turner are the latest names to appear on the Pacers’ trade purse ahead of next week’s NBA Draft (June 23).
HoopsRumors relayed on Tuesday that the Pacers are looking to add an additional first-round pick in the upcoming draft and are willing to part ways with veterans Turner and Brogdon. Indiana is currently slated to pick No. 6 overall.
Now up for grabs in Indiana’s court for a higher pick are Brogdon, Turner, the 31st overall pick and the Cavaliers‘ 2023 first-rounder.
The Knicks have been rumored to be a potential suitor for Brogdon, who averaged 19.1 points and 5.9 assists in 36 games for the Pacers last year.
With a team like the Wizards in desperate need of bodies in the backcourt to mesh with All-Star Bradley Beal, they also could emerge as a bidder.
Turner’s reported availability comes after the Pacers decided to trade away All-Star Domantas Sabonis midseason, which may or may not have been a result of a lackluster pairing with Turner.
Ultimately, the Pacers won the trade (for now) by adding Tyrese Haliburton, but the decision to not trade Turner appeared deliberate.
Expectations going into next season focused on a potential dynamic of Haliburton and Turner working out and leading the young group coached by Rick Carlisle.
Turner missed out on Haliburton’s introduction to the Pacers after dealing with a stress reaction injury in his left foot after the All-Star break.
The Pacers will have to be in the mindset of giving Turner an extension sooner than later and cement the 26-year-old as an integral part of their direction, which now hinges more on the young talent than the vets. Otherwise, Turner — due $18 million this upcoming season — staying past February’s trade deadline may eventually leave the Pacers without compensation.
Last season, Turner averaged 12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks in 42 appearances for the Pacers.
Teams interested in the 6-foot-11 Turner include the Hornets and Raptors. As noted by HoopsRumors, Charlotte is willing to part with the No. 15 overall pick.
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