Lakers Should Consider a Deal with the Pacers, says Myles Turner

The Pacers center has suggested that the idea to trade Russell Westbrook and draught capital to Indiana for Myles Turner and Buddy Hield should be revisited despite the fact that the Lakers and Pacers called off negotiations just before training camp.

As a guest on ESPN’s “The Woj Pod” with Adrian Wojnarowski Turner was asked about the possible trade and responded, “If I’m the Lakers, I take a very hard look at this with the position that you’re in.” I am aware of my strengths as a team player, which include my leadership, shot-blocking, 3-point shooting, and overall playmaking prowess.

“Moreover, I give it a lot of attention and study. However, as far as firing shots is concerned, I am compensated for doing so. Because I don’t get paid to make these calls, I can’t.”

With the hopes of getting LeBron James and Anthony Davis back into title contention, the Lakers have been hesitant to use both of their future first-round picks in 2027 and 2029 to strengthen the present squad.

Currently, in his ninth year with the Pacers, the 26-year-old Turner has career averages of 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game while shooting 34.9% from 3-point range. Hield, a former client of Lakers VP/GM/general manager Rob Pelinka’s during his days as a player agency has made 43% of his 3-point attempts over the course of seven seasons with New Orleans, Sacramento and Indiana.

Despite shooting 26.6% from outside the arc on Sunday in their first win of the season, the Lakers still sit last in the NBA. Even though Davis is dealing with lower back pain and has traditionally played the 4 he has been forced to play the starting 5 due to a lack of suitable replacements. These replacements include Damian Jones and Wenyen Gabriel.

According to a report by Wojnarowski earlier this month the Lakers intend to evaluate their current lineup after 20 games and may try to resume trade negotiations around Thanksgiving.

Lakers fans notice Pacers' Buddy Hield's sizzling play
Lakers fans notice Pacers’ Buddy Hield’s sizzling play

After spending his whole professional career in relatively unimportant Indianapolis Turner has admitted that playing for a major market team like the Lakers would be a dream come true.

I guess I just feel like we Midwesterners don’t get the respect we deserve. The government doesn’t even consider it, “In Turner’s words. “Out there in the West, you’re being closely examined. One thing you can count on hearing when things are going poorly is that you are doing poorly. If you’re performing well, you’ll receive a lot of praise, and the Lakers are no exception to this rule.

“Playing alongside legends and learning from a master like LeBron is interesting to me. The place in his career that he is at now makes me think that he expects nothing less than the highest standards of performance. When you’re in the spotlight, you just must give your all. There will be high expectations placed upon you to continue the winning tradition that the Lakers have established over the years.”

The Hoosiers are 3-4 so far this season. As of this writing, the Lakers have a record of 0-5.

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