The active phone conversations for Indiana could be a sign of what’s to come this summer. Rival executives believe the Pacers will eventually break up their big man trio of All-Star Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner and rookie Goga Bitadze. Turner is the name most rival executives believe will be traded, and the Cavaliers were among the teams who called to do due diligence on his availability before they landed Andre Drummond from Detroit, according to league sources.
The active phone conversations for Indiana could be a sign of what's to come this summer. Rival executives believe the Pacers will eventually break up their big man trio of All-Star Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner and rookie Goga Bitadze. Turner is the name most rival executives believe will be traded, and the Cavaliers were among the teams who called to do due diligence on his availability before they landed Andre Drummond from Detroit, according to league sources.
If the current trade buzz is accurate, the general market for young frontcourt players is robust, with league executives saying both the Indiana Pacers' Myles Turner and the Atlanta Hawks' John Collins, big men with the ability to switch between power forward and center, are on the trading block.
The Pacers continue to turn away teams who inquire about Turner, sources say. They are good, and they want to see how things look when Victor Oladipo returns. But every team in need of a big man should keep an eye on Turner.
Although it was previously noted in this space that several executives expect the Indiana Pacers (22-12) to eventually break up their frontcourt of Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner, the team itself is happy with the old-school pair of big men.
J. Michael Falgoust: Subplots for #PacersPelicans ....a strong move was made to get Turner before the draft which is what I reported at the time. Pacers turned down what I’m told was a “good package.” NOP took Jaxson Hayes 8th in draft. If he’d have been off the board Bitadze would’ve been the guy.
Several executives believe the Indiana Pacers (18-9) will eventually look to move Myles Turner, who isn't generally considered a great fit long-term with Domantas Sabonis.
The Celtics can be a legitimate threat to win the East, the thinking goes, but will need a big, multi-faceted center who can match up both with Philadelphia’s interior behemoth Joel Embiid to do so. and Milwaukee’s perimeter-oriented Brook Lopez. Among the candidates: Indiana’s Myles Turner and San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge. But the Pacers would be unlikely, sources have told Heavy.com, to trade Turner in the Eastern Conference, if at all.
Teams inquired with Indiana about Myles Turner both before and after the NBA Draft, sources confirmed. It's unclear if their talks with the Pacers about Turner gained any significant traction. But multiple teams that had conversations with the Pacers about Turner came away with the impression that it would take an incredibly significant offer to land him, per SNY sources.
July 5, 2022 | 4:09 pm EDT Update
Ja Morant just signed a five-year max extension with the Memphis Grizzlies. Even before putting pen to paper on a life-changing contract that could pay him up to $231 million, though, the notoriously grounded superstar was making a habit of paying his wealth forward.
On episode three of the Ja Morant Docuseries, titled “God Is The Greatest,” Morant and his crew make a pitstop to get a bite to eat while traveling through Miami. Leaving a $500 tip for his waitress is obviously the most important part of this story, and a heartwarming one all by itself. But her reaction after realizing Morant is the Grizzlies’ superstar is what makes it extra special.
July 5, 2022 | 3:11 pm EDT Update
Adam Wexler: #Rockets rookie @Jabari Smith on what he’s getting from talking with teammates that have been in the league a bit. “Don’t make it complicated, do what you’re good at. At the end of the day you’ve gotta play hard.” @SportsTalk790 pic.twitter.com/MM6OgDRIKH