The Golden State Warriors are having an exceptional start to the 2021-22 NBA season.
They are 21-4 in their first 25 games of the season, tied with the Phoenix Suns for the Western Conference seed and the best record in the entire NBA.
On Tuesday, Shams Charania and Bob Kravitz of The Athletic reported that the Indiana Pacers were “receptive to trade talks centered on Caris LeVert and Domantas Sabonis or Myles Turner.”
The tweet can be seen in an embedded post below from Chariana’s Twitter account, and the article in The Athletic can be read here.
After the Pacers defeated the New York Knicks on Wednesday, Turner was asked about business rumors.
I think the Warriors should trade for the former Texas star as his rebounds, three-pointers and blocks could solidify as the ultimate contenders this season.
Why should the Warriors trade for Turner?
The Warriors’ start to the season is so impressive, as they are tied for the best NBA record without 2020 number two pick James Wiseman playing in any game this season as well as five-time All-Star Klay Thompson not playing in any. matches in each of the past two seasons.
Once they get Thompson back, they’ll likely be even better, and Turner is the perfect role player to complement Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, and Thompson.
Turner has led the NBA in blocks per game twice (2019 and 2021) and is already averaging 2.7 blocks per game this season.
How much do Warriors need rim protector?
They only have one player on the roster (Draymond Green) with an average of 1.0 blocks per game and are currently 20th in the NBA as a team in blocks per game (4.6).
If they added Turner’s 2.7 blocks per game to that 4.6, they would instantly jump from the 20th ranked team in blocks per game to the top NBA team in blocks per game.
His elite defense would make life a lot easier for Green when dealing with bigger players than opposing teams might have.
Not to mention that Turner can hit an open three-point shot as well.
It hits a career high 39.8% in the three-point range and makes it a two-man game, which fits the Warriors system perfectly.
What would a business look like?
The Warrior has an abundance of young players to lure the Pacers in if they are to participate in a roster rebuild.
James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga, and Moses Moody are all players who just won’t sync with Curry, Green, and Thompson’s timeline.
Meanwhile, getting one or two would help start a rebuild in Indiana.
Turner’s salary this season is $ 17,500,000, according to Spotrac, so its agreement is really easy to make.
For reference, Wiseman alone is set to make $ 9.1 million this season, and they also have Kevin Looney’s salary ($ 5,178,572) and several trade exceptions, according to Spotrac.
Overall, the Warriors should be prepared to part ways with some of their young prospects, but the main thing is the fact that Turner is only 25 years old.
Therefore, he is the perfect balance between young people and someone who is a veteran who could help out right now.
Essentially, he’s not raw like the young players in the Warriors, but he’s certainly not peaked yet.
The Warriors could win the NBA title without making the move, but their odds increase even more with Turner.
He is perfect.