Since entering the NBA in 2015, Myles Turner has seen his name
surface in trade rumors constantly. One could argue that
he's been featured in the rumor mill more than any other NBA player
over that span.
Despite all of the rumblings, Turner has never actually been
dealt. Even when the Indiana Pacers blew up their roster last
season — trading away veterans like Domantas Sabonis, Caris LeVert,
Torrey Craig, Justin Holiday and Jeremy Lamb — they ultimately
decided to keep Turner.
Now, after signing a two-year, $60 million extension with the
Pacers (that includes a $17.1 million renegotiation of his 2022-23
salary), it would seem that Turner isn't going anywhere.
On Monday, the team held a press conference to announce the
extension and Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin
Pritchard was asked if Turner is finally off the trade block.
"Yes, he's off the trade block!" Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle
immediately chimed in.
"One of the things that we've always believed in here is that if
you sign a player, it's to sign a player; we don't sign a player to
trade a player," Pritchard said. "And Myles has blossomed this
year. We've seen the relationship with him and Ty [Haliburton];
they're one of the best pick-and-roll [duos] in the league right
now. This is the beginning of a nice core — no, a great
core — and we signed Myles to be here. That's our goal."
"I'm here to stay," Turner added with a smile.
This season, Turner is averaging career-highs in points (17.5),
rebounds (7.8), three-pointers (1.6), field goal percentage (54.4%)
and three-point percentage (39.3%). Meanwhile, he continues to
dominate defensively, averaging 2.4 blocks (fourth-most in the NBA)
and 0.6 steals.
Looking at Turner's advanced stats, he's also posting
career-bests in True Shooting percentage (64.8%), total rebound
percentage (23.0%) and player efficiency rating (19.8).
"I'm gonna tell ya'll right now: I'm just getting started. The
best version of myself is yet to come," Turner said. "I'm just
leveling up each and every day."
"We've seen him play some of his best basketball this year and
it really makes me proud to see Myles sitting here and
accomplishing what he's accomplished," Pritchard added. "And I
think his best is still to come."
Carlisle praised Turner's development and said that he and his
coaching staff "were hoping that this day would come very
“Myles’ values and what he stands for really align with what
we’re trying to do here," Carlisle said. "His love of the game, his
loyalty to his teammates and to this city and to our vision, and
his commitment to growth has been something that’s been great to
see. And over the last year-and-a-half, he’s transitioned back to
his natural position as a full-time five man and we’ve seen him
Pritchard revealed that the two sides had extension talks last
year, but Turner chose to bet on himself and wait. One month ago,
the negotiations started back up and they were able to reach an
“Give Myles a ton of credit here because he took a risk,”
Pritchard said. “We talked about an extension in the past, but he
wanted to wait another year. He wanted to be in a position where he
was playing the right position, the one that he’s most comfortable
"This has been a really great example of a player having a
vision and having the discipline and patience to wait it out and
put himself in this great position with the right players
[surrounding him]," Carlisle added.
Many of Turner’s teammates came in during their day off to show
their support at the press conference and put in some extra work.
Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, Andrew Nembhard, Bennedict
Mathurin, Trevelin Queen, James Johnson and Oshae Brissett were all
in attendance — a testament to the Pacers’ culture. Turner believes
that this organization is building something special.
“I think that that’s a huge reason why I stayed here: I really
truly believe that we can accomplish something here," Turner said.
"You’ve got to start from somewhere. We have a team that’s on the
up and up. Today was supposed to be our blackout day, but I see
countless players here getting their work in. That’s the type of
stuff I respect and the type of stuff that I came up on... That
made the decision really easy.”
Pritchard acknowledged that the Pacers have exceeded
expectations this year, which factored into the decision to extend
Turner. Despite having one of the league’s younger teams, Indiana
is 24-28 — which is just a half game back from the Play-In
Tournament and two games back from the Eastern Conference’s eighth
Turner has been with the Pacers since he was 19 years old, and
he appreciates the fact that he's been able to stick with one team
up to this point in his NBA career.
“It’s still very surreal. Growing up here, I’ve spent my entire
20s here," Turner said. "It’s incredible to still see the same
faces from the beginning of my journey. I have such a strong belief
in this organization and this city…
“I’m still here where I started, and that’s very special to me.
I want to continue to grow here, continue to grow this
organization, continue to grow with my team and put Indiana back on