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Much has been manufactured from the perceived commerce stalemate between the Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Lakers, however the Los Angeles Clippers might but change the dialog totally.

According to a number of sources, the Clippers have mentioned concentrating on Myles Turner available in the market.

The Clippers are believed to be procuring a few of their extra wing depth and are much less prone to transfer a ball-handling guard like Reggie Jackson or John Wall. Team governor Steve Ballmer has proven a willingness to pay luxurious taxes—the necessity to pay Turner after the season would not be a deterrent for LA

The Clippers (8-6) are searching for a alternative for Isaiah Hartenstein, who left as a free agent for the New York Knicks. The Pacers have one of many high accessible massive males, offered they decide to a course for the 2022-23 season.

Clippers Need Size

When Ivica Zubac sits, Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue is utilizing Nicolas Batum as the first reserve, then Marcus Morris Sr. and Robert Covington. If Zubac is injured for an prolonged interval or in foul bother in a crucial playoff sport, the staff would have a weak spot.

LA can provide its personal 2028 or 2029 first-rounder to the Pacers for Turner. The Clippers’ different firsts are tied up with remaining obligations to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Paul George, however the staff has loads of second-rounders accessible (apart from 2027) and prospects like Brandon Boston Jr., Jason Preston and Moussa Diabate.

To match Turner’s $18 million (with as much as $20 million with incentives), the Clippers have to ship at the very least $14.3 million in outgoing wage. For a deal to occur shortly, one in all Norman Powell, Luke Kennard, Reggie Jackson, Morris or Covington would want to go to Indiana, assuming Zubac is unavailable. Amir Coffey and Batum can’t be traded till January 15. Wall is off-limits till December 15.

Pacers Are Better With Turner

Simply put, Indiana is a greater basketball staff with Turner. That’s a captivating supply of pressure for a franchise that stubbornly refuses to tank however might not reinvest within the 26-year-old Turner after the 2022-23 marketing campaign.

Turner has been the topic of commerce rumors for a number of years, together with the lengthy flirtation with the Lakers. That limbo continues, with the Pacers one of many highest-scoring groups within the league (117.3 factors an evening) with a .500 document (6-6).

The staff is shaky defensively, and Turner is likely one of the few reliable veterans on the roster. He might assist the staff make the postseason, however he may then go away as a free agent in July.

Would the franchise be higher off getting worth in return for Turner? Taking a step again now may additionally imply higher lottery odds for extremely touted draft prospects like Victor Wembanyama, Scoot Henderson, Cam Whitmore and the Thompson Twins.

Leverage Against the Lakers?

The Lakers (3-10) have lengthy mentioned sending Russell Westbrook to the Pacers for Buddy Hield and Turner. The Pacers have been adamant {that a} deal solely is sensible if it consists of two first-round picks from LA (doubtless 2027 and 2029). To date, the Lakers haven’t been keen to make that dedication.

Could the Pacers be utilizing the Clippers to attempt to strain the Lakers right into a deal for each firsts? One supply believes Indiana has sufficient skepticism to maneuver on from the Lakers.

The Details

If Turner is traded (no matter staff), he could also be unlikely to signal an extension beginning at $21.6 million (or $18.9 million inside six months of a commerce). Instead, he might select to pursue free company.

An buying staff would have his full rights and the power to pay Turner as much as a most wage in July (beginning at roughly $40.2 million). While the max appears out of his vary, he might wait to see what the market will bear as an alternative of locking in an extension at a decrease charge.

The Pacers May Wait It Out

Indiana has till the Feb. 10 commerce deadline to decide. The staff might take further time to higher gauge the market and its playoff or lottery potential.

Similarly, both LA staff may have a look at different targets. The Clippers may use their $9.7 million commerce exception for Mason Plumlee (Charlotte Hornets), Nerlens Noel (Detroit Pistons) or former Clippers legend Boban Marjanović (Houston Rockets).

The Pacers may additionally maintain Turner and provide him a brand new contract or embody him in a sign-and-trade deal in July. But the staff has dangled Turner in trades for a number of seasons, so ready on the hope that it really works out within the Pacers’ favor could also be dangerous.

Turner might look ahead to transferring on, however it could be too early in November to guess how this story will finish.

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