Myles Turner is no stranger to seeing his name in trade rumors.
Throughout his seven-year NBA career, Turner has repeatedly surfaced as a trade candidate. In fact, he’s so used to seeing this that he’s no longer fazed by the rumor mill.
“Now that I see myself in these rumors all the time, it’s just like another day for me. It’s like, ‘Oh, what else is new?’” Turner told Michael Scotto of HoopsHype in November. “Three years ago was the first time it really kind of got to me because I’d see it all the time, and people were saying it was a sure thing. It was like every time I opened up my phone, I saw my name there. At one point, I loved the attention. The second time, it can be overwhelming for a younger player because you think you have some comfortability in a city and you could get moved at any time, and you see situations like that across the league all the time.”
In the past, there would be a ton of talk about a potential Turner trade, and then he'd ultimately stay put with the Indiana Pacers. However, this time around feels a bit different since the Pacers are reportedly “moving toward a substantial rebuild” and listening to offers for Turner, Domantas Sabonis and Caris LeVert among others. Also, Turner recently spoke out about how Indiana isn't valuing him properly.
"It's clear that I'm not valued as anything more than a glorified role player here, and I want something more, more opportunity," Turner told The Athletic’s Jared Weiss last month. "I'm trying really hard to make the role that I'm given here work and find a way to maximize it. I've been trying to the past two, three seasons. But it's clear to me that, just numbers-wise, I'm not valued as more than a rotational role player, and I hold myself in a higher regard than that."
Basically, the 25-year-old wants to be utilized like a featured player and valued like a star. If that isn’t in the Pacers’ plans, he wants a change of scenery.
A few weeks from the Feb. 10 trade deadline, the Pacers’ asking price for Turner is two first-round picks or a promising young player and a first-rounder, according to HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto.
The Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Charlotte Hornets are among the teams that have targeted Turner, per Scotto. NBA insider Marc Stein confirmed that the Mavs are interested in Turner (as well as Atlanta Hawks big man John Collins).
Turner is a young, talented big man who is a perfect fit for today’s NBA, so it’s no surprise that he has a long list of suitors. He is currently averaging 12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 1.5 threes while shooting 50.9% from the field, 33.3% from three-point range and 75.2% from the free-throw line. He's on pace to lead the NBA in blocks per game for the second-straight season (and the third time in four years).
Whether he remains in Indiana or gets dealt to a new situation, Turner is prepared for whatever the future holds.
“You’ve got to go out there and take control of your own destiny. If you get traded, so be it. Go out there and kill it. If you stay with your organization, come out and show them why they paid you,” Turner told HoopsHype in November. “You can make it an ego thing, but this is a business at the end of the day. The organization is going to do what’s best for the organization. They’re not inclined to care about your feelings in a sense.”