1. Myles Turner
The first season under Rick Carlisle has not gone as planned for the Indiana Pacers. The team is actually doing worse than the Knicks, and they just dropped a decision to them this week. Now, the rumors are swirling the Pacers want to “blow it up” and change the fabric of the team entirely. That includes trading young stars in Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis.
The Pacers want to rework their situation, and they could look to add other stars with the assets the team gets from a Turner or Sabonis trade. They have been tied to names like De’Aaron Fox and Ben Simmons. The Knicks can give them the assets to try and make these deals done.
Turner would be more interesting to the Knicks than Sabonis. He is having a great year, and he’s a true frontcourt presence. Adding his abilities at the center position helps everyone around him. Right now, the Knicks start Nerlens Noel or Mitchell Robinson at center. Putting Turner there would give them a much better offensive output. It could also help the starters point differential substantially.
The Knicks need a major change, and Turner could change the team’s philosophy. His 13 points per game isn’t to change the Knicks overnight, but the slow burn that will be the format change eventually helps them get back into the Eastern Conference playoff conversation.