The longest season in NBA history is almost complete. The 2020 NBA Finals will be wrapping up soon, and the league’s offseason will commence once the numbers are worked out for the salary cap moving forward.
Once the league and players’ union are done negotiating, teams can begin to arrange trades and look to add to their rosters. One organization that is expected to look a lot different next season is the Indiana Pacers.
The Athletic’s Jared Weiss reports that center Myles Turner is unhappy with the team and would like to be traded. With the Golden State Warriors needing a 5, Marcus Thompson of The Athletic explores how the Dubs can trade for Turner this offseason.
“It would probably take the No. 2 pick. My best guess is the Warriors would prefer to make a move like that without giving up the pick. But in a draft no one seems to believe in, Turner could end up better than anything the Warriors would get.
Here is a deal the Warriors could do: Turner and T.J. Warren from Indiana for Andrew Wiggins. But if the Warriors do that, they’d probably want to keep the No. 2 pick and replace Wiggins with a young wing. I don’t think they are huge fans of Warren, so they’d want to get another wing in the draft.”
Turner is only 24 years old and isn’t too much money on his current deal, which is worth up to $54 million over the next three seasons. Unfortunately, Golden State can’t use its $17.2 million trade exception to get Turner because his base salary is worth $300,000 more. Turner put up 12.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game while shooting 34.4% from the 3-point line.
His skill set fits what the Warriors need. Turner can space the floor on the offensive end and is capable enough as a rim-protector, although his rebounding numbers leave something to be desired.
Golden State needs to get bigger, so adding a player like Turner makes sense. T.J. Warren played well in Orlando and could slide into Wiggins’ place in the starting lineup. Warriors general manager Bob Myers could then add another wing with the second pick of the 2020 NBA Draft.
What do you think of Thompson’s suggested trade, and how do you like Turner’s potential fit with the Warriors?
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