Lakers rumors: LA Trade Target, Pacers’ Myles Turner, suffers unfortunate setback


Lakers GM Rob Pelinka and coach Darvin Hamm

The Los Angeles Lakers’ $80 million commercial target suffered an unfortunate setback.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Myles Turner is expected to miss the Indiana Pacers at least a week after he sprained his ankle. The Texas producer fell on a kid’s foot with a ball during the pre-game warm-up on October 19.

according to October 3 report from Charania Wesam Amek and Yuvan Buha of Athletic, the Lakers seriously considered sending Russell Westbrook and the unprotected first-round picks in 2027 and 2029 to Pacers Four Turner and Body Hill before starting training camp. Los Angeles and Indiana are expected to discuss the trade again during the season.

Turner, who would? He earned $17.5 million this seasonHe appeared in only 42 games in 2021-22 due to a stress fracture in his left foot. he is He averaged 12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks While shooting 50.9% from the field, 33.3% from behind the arc and 75.2% from the free throw line.

Turner is open to trade with the Lakers

According to a July 9 report from insider Sean Daveney, the Lakers “have always had an interest in Turner,” who signed a four-year, $80 million extension with the Pacers in October 2018. The big man has been open about It trades in Los Angeles during the summer.

“Turner, for his part, was open to trading outside of Indiana two years ago, and was expecting to be taken on last season’s deadline in place of Sabonis,” Deveney reported. “Of course he will be open to trade with the Lakers,” a source familiar with the situation told

Turner has career averages of 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 2.3 blocks with the Pacers shooting 48.9% from the floor, 34.9% from depth and 76.8% from the free throw line. He’s a two-time champion in the blocks and the perfect position to pair up alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

When Turner leaves the point and goes to the perimeter to shoot, he brings his defender with him, creating more lanes to drive for his teammates. James and Davis need a big guy to do that because the Lakers are one of the worst three-pointing teams in the league.

On opening night against the Golden State Warriors, the Purple and Gold made only 25.0% as a team outside of the arc. The Warriors loaded paint against the Lakers, preventing James and Davis from attacking the edge and scoring easy baskets.

Michael Wilbone thinks the Lakers should get the Pacers to trade ASAP

On the October 4 episode of “Pardon The Interception,” ESPN’s Michael Welbone said the Lakers should send Westbrook and two future draft picks to Pacers for Hield and Turner. “Make the damned deal,” the veteran journalist declared forcefully.

“Heild and Turner, they make the Lakers a bigger threat now,” Wilbon He said. “It allows Anthony Davis to put a little less pressure on him, which I think is necessary. And when Anthony Davis is there with Turner, Heald and LeBron, you now have something. You have a threat from a team. So do the damn deal. Don’t tell me about the shots in my year.” 2027 and 2029. It’s not Oklahoma City.”

The Lakers, who missed the playoffs last season despite having James, Davis, Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard, are unlikely to make a big deal before Thanksgiving. Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN. Most critics believe Westbrook, who is in the final year of his contract, will be transferred before the 2023 trade deadline, which is in February.


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