While Indiana Pacers front office head Kevin Pritchard had indicated last off-season he wanted to keep his core group together, the organization has changed that stance following an ugly start to th 2021-22 campaign. This could lead to Myles Turner being dealt.

Even with new head coach Rick Carlisle in the mix, Indiana sits at 10-16 on the season and boasts the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference. It’s led to reports that the Pacers are set to start anew with a rebuild, including trading Turner.

If that is indeed the case, there’s going to be a huge market for his services. Turner, 25, remains one of the best low-post defenders in the NBA. This season, he’s averaging 12.6 points and 7.5 rebounds while swatting away a league-high 2.8 blocks per game. Below, we look at four ideal Myles Turner trade scenarios.

 

Myles Turner trade to the Minnesota Timberwolves

Timberwolves get: Myles Turner

Pacers get: Malik Beasley, Naz Reid, two second-round picks

J. Michael of the Indy Star reported this past summer that Minnesota really wanted to acquire Turner in a trade with Indiana. It makes a ton of sense. Sure Karl-Anthony Towns is as skilled as they come offensively. Unfortunately, he continues to struggle on the other end of the court. It’s one of the major downfalls for the young team.

Acquiring Turner from Indiana would give the Wolves that defensive-minded presence both in the low-post and out on the perimeter to go with Patrick Beverley. It would help create a more balanced roster to go with Towns, Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell.

From Indiana’s perspective, this is about starting anew with that rebuild. Naz Reid would be the centerpiece in the blockbuster. The former second-round pick from LSU continues to play at a high level. Still only 22, he’s averaging 10.3 points on 49% shooting in his career. Meanwhile, Beasley remains only 25 and could end up being a part of Indiana’s future. The team might also think about flipping him for more assets.

 

Myles Turner trade to the Portland Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers get: Myles Turner

Pacers get: Anfernee Simons, Robert Covington, first-round pick

It remains to be seen whether Indiana will target draft picks or young players as the team starts anew with a rebuild. Perhaps, it goes with a combination of the two. If that is indeed the case, Portland could make the most sense as a trade partner.