Report: Indiana Pacers Looking to Deal Myles Turner

After the Indiana Pacers missed the postseason for the first time in 6 years, with a 34-38 record, they fired first year head coach Nate Bjorkgren and promptly brought back former coach Rick Carlisle, who coached the team from 2003-07. Now that Carlisle is back in town, could there be more changes in Indiana? It sounds like Myles Turner is on the block. 

Rumors are flying around about a potential trade to the Golden State Warriors, who would be able to team Turner up with Draymond Green, potentially forming one of the more formidable front-court combos in the NBA. With Steph Curry fresh off his MVP-caliber season and Klay Thompson set to return after two seasons off with injuries, Turner would be free to concentrate on the defensive end of the court, which would be great for the Warriors - they wouldn't need his offense, which is suspect to begin with. 

Turner averaged 12.6 ppg on 47.7 FG% last year (right in line with his career averages of 12.7 ppg48.7 FG%), but was dominant on the defensive end of the court, as he led the NBA for the second time in his career with 3.4 bpg, mixing in 0.9 spg for good measure. 

As usual, any trade rumor coming out of the Bay area involves one name - Andrew Wiggins. The former 1st overall draft pick has been linked to more trade rumors than almost anyone in the NBA over the years and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him get dealt across the country to the breadbasket of America. For the Pacers, the added incentive involves the Warriors draft picks - 7th and 14th overall, respectively, in exchange for their own 13th overall pick. 

A Turner trade to Golden State would stunt the growth of last year's 2nd overall pick James Wiseman - potentially rendering him obsolete as a Warrior. If a Turner domino falls, look for it to be just the first move for the Warriors as the draft approaches. 

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