og15 wrote:I saw Myles Turner mentioned on RealGM wiretap, and he's an option I've been thinking could make sense for the Clippers, so I thought it was interesting to see his name.
He's a big that can protect the rim, shoot outside (sorta), and has a decent contract ($18M). His rebounding is not particularly good, and while the Pacers rebound well when he's on the floor, which could mean he boxes out well, etc, that might also be because of Sabonis, so you might need a rebounding 4 as the big next to him, which the Clippers don't have.
It's tough though, it would have to be like Beverley + Zubac + Kabangele + 2nd's for Turner + McConnell, I don't believe they would want to trade McConnell, was just looking for a guard to add that makes $3.5 million or under.
I just don't see a realistic road for the Clippers to acquire Turner without giving up PG or Kawhi, neither of which is obviously an option from the Los Angeles side of things, and I'm sure PG wouldn't be welcome back.
If we could find a third team to give an asset for Zubac, it might be the way to go. Here's a very convoluted menage a quatre
Indy Out: Myles Turner, Edmond Sumner, Jalen Lecque
Indy In: Cody Zeller, Fondue Kabengele, Devonte Graham, Troy Brown Jr, 2021 First Round Pick Swap Option (via Charlotte), 2023 Portland SRP (via LA), 2024 Detroit SRP (via LA), 2025 Detroit SRP (via LA)
Indiana consolidates two younger guards into an upgrade with Graham, gets to kick the tires on Brown Jr & Fondue, while hoping that Charlotte ends up in the lottery, giving them two chances of moving into the top 4, albeit, small chances. They can probably also flip Zeller, who is a serviceable expiring for some sort of an asset. Or just utilize him as Sabonis' backup.
Wash Out: Raul Neto, Troy Brown Jr.
Wash In: Edmond Sumner
Brown isn't getting much playing time, so the Wizards focus on saving some money, around $3M prior to pro-ration.
Cha Out: Cody Zeller, Devonte Graham, 2021 First Round Swap Option
Cha In: Ivica Zubac, Patrick Beverley, Jalen Lecque
Charlotte decides to bolster their front court with a huge upgrade at the starting C slot and Beverley provides them with the perfect balance to Rozier/Ball at the guard slots due to his defensive tenacity. Lecque is also a young and raw prospect. They also don't have to worry about overpaying Graham in the summer.
LAC Out: Ivica Zubac, Fondue Kabengele, Patrick Beverley, Three Future SRPs
LAC In: Myles Turner, Raul Neto
With an empty chest, Frank somehow is able to snag the Clippers a great option at the starting five slot, who can play with Ibaka while also netting a table setting point-guard. Clippers also save $3M off the books, allowing them to play the buy-out market with two open roster slots. They can also utilize the BAE without sniffing the HC to round out the unit with buy-out guys (Wayne Ellington? Langston Galloway? Trevor Ariza?)
PG: Neto | Jackson
SG: George | Williams | Kennard
SF: Kawhi | Mann | Coffey
PF: Mook | Batum
CE: Myles | Ibaka | Oturu
Again, very unlikely as I'm not sure Charlotte nor Indiana even consider this. Hell, with Charlotte giving up the key pieces Indiana is getting, they might just work to cut us out, assuming this was ever a discussion