New York Knicks: The fit and price tag of a Myles Turner trade

Mitchell Robinson, NY Knicks (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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New York Knicks: The Pacers’ dilemma

From an on-court perspective, Turner is the type of talent that could push the Knicks to the next level as a franchise. His defensive abilities and offensive flexibility could give New York the weapon it clearly lacked during their first-round playoff exit at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks. He is also an excellent fit alongside players like Randle, Rose, and the rest of the Knicks’ other players on paper.

However, this same flexibility also makes Turner a valuable weapon for Indiana. When the current incarnation of the Pacers was first being constructed, it seemed as though they were destined to trade one of their two centers. Both Turner and Domantas Sabonis appeared to have conflicting sizes, skillsets, and positions.

As Sabonis established himself as a multi-time All-Star and building block, it appears even more likely that Turner would be the odd man out. He has subsequently been involved in numerous trade rumors each of the past several seasons.

Yet, he is still a member of the Pacers. And he is still making important contributions. The all-around skillsets of both big men have allowed them to coexist in a way previously thought impossible.

There are few reasons to expect Indiana to actively pursue a deal. This is confirmed by the language in J. Michael’s original Indy Star report. A trade only makes sense if the return blows them away.


At the end of the day, a union between Turner and the Knicks is all a matter of price. New York would undoubtedly benefit from a dual-threat big man. However, the former lottery pick is clearly outside the realm of transcendent superstars that could catapult a franchise into the tier of legitimate championship contenders.

I would sign off on a trade involving both Robinson and Knox. Both are good pieces with upside. But the Knicks have a window to establish themselves as multi-year postseason contenders. The age-old adage “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” feels fitting.

I would also give my seal of approval on including a single first-round pick to the deal. It even makes sense to add an additional second-rounder to the mix as a sweetener.

However, a hard line should be drawn at this point. I would not include multiple first-rounders to a package including two young pieces. That price is simply too high. If the Pacers are willing to consider an infusion of players and picks, the Knicks might get their wish. If not, New York can then pivot to pursuing a number of other free agents or trade targets.

What to do you is an appropriate price for Myles Turner? 

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