The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to upgrade in any way possible this season and the latest Lakers rumors connect the team with one of the biggest names that will be on the trade market this season, Myles Turner.
Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Lakers are one of several teams that are expressing interest in trading for the Indiana Pacers big man. The three other teams that Charania names in the report are the Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks.
On paper, Turner would be an exceptional fit on the Lakers. He would give the team size and would undoubtedly be a massive upgrade from DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard at the center position. Turner helps defensively as a true rim protector but he can also space the floor with a good jump shot and three-point stroke.
He is the perfect big man to put alongside Anthony Davis in the frontcourt and is perfect next to Russell Westbrook, who hurts the floor spacing. If the Lakers are going to play a traditional center with Westbrook in the lineup then it has to be someone like Turner.
While it is a perfect fit and would undoubtedly increase the team’s title chances, it is something that will never become more than purely Lakers rumors.
Why there is zero chance these Lakers rumors for Myles Turner come true:
Think about the best trade package that the Los Angeles Lakers could send for Myles Turner. The absolute best package that LA can send would be Talen Horton-Tucker, Kendrick Nunn and a first-round pick that is four years in the future. That is the absolute best.
That is not a package that the Pacers would be likely to say yes to with the caliber of player that Turner is, especially considering he has another season guaranteed under contract.
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Sure, the Pacers might take that deal if it is the only thing being offered but that is absolutely not going to be the case. Just look at the other teams that are interested in Turner. Charlotte has P.J. Washington, James Bouknight and Kai Jones (as well as picks in 2023 and 2024).
The Knicks have Kevin Knox, Obi Toppin and two first-round picks in 2022, making it more likely that they trade either their first-round pick or Charlotte’s (as well as future picks).
Dallas is the one team who the Lakers have more players to offer (THT is better than any player asset the Mavericks can send) but Dallas still has a pick that they could send in 2022. The Pacers are going to want these picks sooner rather than later.
The fact of the matter is that just based on these interested teams alone we know that these Lakers rumors are not going to come to fruition and that does not even include the teams who are potentially interested who have not been reported on.
Myles Turner is not coming to the Lakers, regardless of how interested they might be.