NBA Rumors: These 4 Teams Top Suitors For Myles Turner

We've known for some time now that the Indiana Pacers are willing to deal some of their star players in a "retooling" of the team going forward. Shot-blocker supreme Myles Turner is one of the prime candidates to be dealt, and the latest report has four teams "ramping up" conversations with the Pacers. 

At the top of the pack, according to a report by Shams Charania of The Athletic, are the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks, followed closely by the Los Angeles Lakers and Charlotte Hornets, who have "a level of interest."

Former Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle is the head coach in Indiana, so he might have some 'insider info' he'd like to impart on some of the potential Dallas trade pieces. 

The Knicks, like the Lakers, are active in talks for all the big names on the trade market, and Turner is no different. As both a floor spacer and a rim protector, both teams would love to add the multi-talented center. 

Unlike the Lakers, however, the Knicks are in desperate need for a 'five' who can score, while his defensive attributes would make him a natural for a Tom Thibodeau team. They do have some assets that could interest Indiana, like Mitchell Robinson; but would they be willing to part with Obi Toppin and/or Immanuel Quickley? At 25, Turner is still young enough to be a building block.  

The Lakers, as with any other trade discussions they're involved in, would have to be willing to part with Talen Horton-Tucker, a young talent they refused to move at last year's trade deadline for Kyle Lowry.

The Charlotte Hornets could certainly improve their playoff outlook by pairing Turner's skills with LaMelo Ball. 

Turner is leading the league in blocked shots once again this season, for the 3rd time in four years. His 2.9 per game is far ahead of the pack. He's also firing threes at a solid clip once again, at 35.7%, while averaging 13 points and 7.3 rebounds. 

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