The Asking Price for Myles Turner is Reportedly a Lottery-Protected First-Rounder … Let’s Talk About That

The Indiana Pacers threw in the towel at this season’s trade deadline. Struggling to get off to a strong start one season after a disappointing exit in the Play-In Tournament, the front office opted for a significant roster shake-up. Veteran scorer Caris LeVert was sent over to Cleveland, defensive forward Torrey Craig ended up back in Phoenix, and All-Star big man Domantas Sabonis found his way to Sacramento in one of the NBA’s most shocking mid-season deals.

In exchange for Sabonis, the Pacers received a package built around highly-touted point guard Tyrese Haliburton. The No. 12 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, Haliburton looked the part immediately during his freshman season, averaging 13.0 points, 5.3 assists, and 1.3 steals per game in a Rookie of the Year-caliber campaign. The 22-year-old is undoubtedly the building block of the franchise’s future … but who will join him in laying the team’s new foundation?

As we saw with the Bulls’ massive 2021 trade deadline, I think it’s safe to say the Pacers aren’t close to done. These sell-offs are normally the precursor for a much more active offseason, and that offseason for Indiana could start with deciding the future of big man Myles Turner.

Before he suffered a season-ending foot injury, Turner’s name was one of the most popular on the trade market. The price for the 7th-year big man was set at either two first-round picks or one first-round pick and a “promising young player,” according to HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto. However, due to an expiring contract in 2023 and an injury that caused him to miss the final 34+ games of the season, it sounds like the Pacers’ asking price for Turner has now shifted.

“I spoke with four NBA executives who told me they believe Myles Turner can still get a protected first-round pick outside the lottery if he’s traded this offseason,” Scotto told Fieldhouse Files’ Scott Agness in a recent episode of the HoopsHype Podcast. “When I asked the executives which teams they believe could try and trade for him, the usual suspects came up, including Charlotte, Toronto and Dallas.”

Hmmm. HMMMMM. 

I happen to know a team that currently owns an extra lottery-protected first-round pick from Portland and is in severe need of frontcourt defense!

*Whispers*: It’s the Chicago Bulls. 

Now, before the Nikola Vucevic haters start a GoFundMe to pay for Turner’s contract extension, let me be very clear: There have been no rumors or reports to suggest the Chicago Bulls have considered getting rid of Nikola Vucevic. In fact, if anything, the opinion of NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson in his latest mailbag was he expects both Vucevic and DeRozan to return next season. We should too.

Is that to say the front office will not consider a replacement for Vucevic? Of course not, but we must remember he was the first piece to this front office’s puzzle. They clearly saw him as a key building block early on, and rightfully so! He’s a 2x All-Star and one of the best offensive big men in the NBA. While the guy has struggled at times this season, he’s a supremely talented player who makes this team a lot better. Again, I expect Vucevic to return next season for the time being (and I look forward to it) … but Arturas Karnisovas has blindsided us before.

The fact of the matter is the Bulls lack rim protection. The team has given up the 7th-most points in the paint per game this season, and they hold a defensive rating that sits 20th in the NBA. Nikola Vucevic and the Bulls were able to hold their own when Alex Caruso and Lonzo Ball were healthy thanks to their ball pressure along the perimeter, but injuries to both exposed how difficult it can be for them to hold down the fort. The hope might be that these two stay healthy – along with Patrick Williams – and the defense returns to an above-average unit. However, who’s to say the hope isn’t to simply add a more defensive-minded player who can hold down the fort regardless of injuries?

Turner has been a plus-defender his entire NBA career. He led the league in blocks per game in 2020-21, and he carried a +1.9 defensive estimated plus-minus that ranked in the 93rd percentile before his injury this season, per Dunks & Threes. He’s a versatile defender who limits his fouling and can switch onto other positions with relative ease.

What Turner isn’t is someone as dominant on the glass or as savvy on the offensive end. While he does carry a decent jump shot and career 34.9 percent 3-point percentage, he can be inconsistent scoring the basketball and isn’t nearly the playmaker Vucevic is from the pocket.

I probably also should emphasize that Turner – who is set to make $17.5 million in 2022-23 – is owed a fresh contract after next season. However, get this, Vucevic is also up for a new contract after he gets paid his $22 million next season. How old is Turner? He just turned 26. How old is Vucevic? He will be 32 in October.

All things considered, that is something we have to keep in mind when we think about how the Bulls might approach Vucevic’s future. Do they want to hand him a new multi-year deal into his mid-30s? Maybe! I don’t think his game will age particularly poorly, but it’s still a question worth asking at this point in time.

So … what exactly am I getting at here? To be honest, nothing concrete. I just think this Turner situation opened the door for us to start an important dialogue about where this Bulls team may be headed. While I believe this is the nucleus Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley want to continue to build around, the Bulls have also entered a win-now era with an ultra-aggressive front office. They have already shown they will do whatever it takes to plug holes on this roster, and we simply must keep that in mind as we head toward this summer.

Maybe Turner’s market is something to keep an eye on or maybe it’s something completely irrelevant. After all, Agness did tell Scotto he envisions a world where Turner stays with Indiana and they look at what he can do with Haliburton. All I truly know for now is these are the kind of conversations we can have about a Bulls team hoping to stay competitive, and I look forward to having more.

written by

Elias Schuster is the Lead Chicago Bulls writer at Bleacher Nation. He started with BN full-time in 2019 immediately after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a degree in Journalism (yes, he started with the Jim Boylen Era). Since joining, Elias has been the driving force behind Bulls and NBA content for both the site and social accounts. You can follow him on Twitter/X @Schuster_Elias.

more bulls news

You Have to Hear What Anthony Edwards Told a Nuggets Staffer After Game 5 Loss

Anthony Edwards doesn't drip sweat; he drips confidence. After the Denver Nuggets took the series lead in Game 5, Edwards didn't seem phased. The emerging Minnesota Timberwolves superstar knew his team could take care of business on their home floor,...

Trying to Stay Relevant, Finding the Right LaVine Trade, Vucevic’s Vertical, and Other Bulls Bullets

How irrelevant are the Chicago Bulls right now? Take it away, 670 The Score! https://twitter.com/670TheScore/status/1791200934397100092 WOOF. It sure says a lot about your franchise when the radio station that broadcasts your games treats you as an afterthought. Coby White or...

Can the Sky Find a Bigger Venue in Time for Angel Reese vs. Caitlin Clark?

The Chicago Sky should take some notes. As the WNBA begins one of its most highly-anticipated seasons in league history, teams are quickly trying to adapt. Emerging superstar Caitlin Clark is expected to pack arenas across the country and shine...

Could Donovan Mitchell’s Trade Market Indirectly Open Doors for Zach LaVine?

Before the Chicago Bulls can do anything this offseason, they have to answer one question: What the heck do we do with Zach LaVine!? The LaVine situation boiled over near the beginning of last season. Rumors swirled for quite some...

Around the NBA: Thunder On The Brink, Cavs Looming Decisions, LA & JJ, More

We officially have a team in the conference finals! The Boston Celtics eliminated the shorthanded Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday to punch their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals. We also saw the Dallas Mavericks take one step closer to the...

A Bull on Inside the NBA, DeRozan’s Reliability, Angel Reese’s Debut, and Other Bulls Bullets

We got our first look at Analyst Alex on Wednesday night! The Chicago Bulls' guard joined the Inside the NBA crew on TNT to talk hoops, and it didn't take long for the NBA veteran to look like a broadcasting...

Alex Caruso Makes His Inside the NBA Debut … Immediately Cusses

Inside the NBA welcomed Alex Caruso to their famous Studio J on Wednesday night. The Chicago Bulls' defensive menace joined TNT's normal cast of characters – as well as frequent visitor Draymond Green – ahead of Game 5 between the...

Which NBA Team Will Have the Most Cap Space in the 2024 Offseason?

With the Chicago Bulls bounced early from the NBA Playoffs yet again, it's got me thinking about the looming offseason and ever-daunting NBA salary cap. While the playoffs have been really fun thus far, it's hard for me not to...

Where to Watch Angel Reese and the Chicago Sky Tip Off the Season

The Chicago Sky are officially back! After two preseason contests, the Sky will tip off the regular season on Wednesday night. The year will begin with two straight battles against the Dallas Wings, a team that finished 22-18 last season...

It’s Not You, DeMar DeRozan … It’s the Bulls

I don't need a Porsche. Would I like to have one in my driveway? Sure. But I'd be foolish to funnel my money into such a luxury. Now, might things be different if I was rolling in dough because of...

Latest News

Aces vs Sparks Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – May 18

The Las Vegas Aces (1-0) host the Los Angeles Sparks (0-1) after A'ja Wilson racked up 30 points in the Aces' 89-80 victory over the Mercury. The matchup airs on ABC at 3:00 PM ET on Saturday, May 18, 2024.Aces...

Diamondbacks vs. Tigers: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

On Saturday, Ketel Marte and the Arizona Diamondbacks (21-23) face Riley Greene and the Detroit Tigers (21-22), with first pitch scheduled for 8:10 PM ET at Chase Field.Keep reading to find out all the details on how to watch Arizona...

Astros vs. Brewers: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

On Saturday at 7:10 PM ET, Kyle Tucker and the Houston Astros (19-25) play William Contreras and the Milwaukee Brewers (26-17) at Minute Maid Park.Keep scrolling to find out all the details on how to watch Houston square off against...

How to Watch Rangers vs. Angels: Live Stream or on TV

On Saturday, Marcus Semien and the Texas Rangers (23-22) open a series against Taylor Ward and the Los Angeles Angels (16-28) at Globe Life Field, with first pitch scheduled for 7:15 PM ET.See how to watch the Texas-Los Angeles matchup...

Red Sox vs. Cardinals: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

Kutter Crawford will take the mound for the Boston Red Sox (22-22) when they visit starting pitcher Miles Mikolas and the St. Louis Cardinals (18-25) in a series opener on Saturday, with first pitch at 7:15 PM ET.Keep reading to...

New York Liberty vs. Indiana Fever: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

A game after scoring 31 points in a 102-66 win over the Fever, Breanna Stewart leads the New York Liberty (2-0) at home against the Indiana Fever (0-2) on Saturday, May 18, 2024. The matchup starts at 1:00 PM ET...

How to Watch Blue Jays vs. Rays: Live Stream or on TV

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jays (19-23) host Isaac Paredes and the Tampa Bay Rays (23-22) on Saturday in a series opener, with first pitch at 3:07 PM ET.Find out how to watch the Toronto-Tampa Bay matchup below.When...

Mets vs. Marlins: Free Live Stream, TV Channel, How to Watch

Luis Severino takes the mound for the New York Mets (20-23) when they visit starter Braxton Garrett and the Miami Marlins (13-32) at 4:10 PM ET on Saturday.Find out how to watch the New York-Miami matchup below.When is Mets vs....

Yankees vs. White Sox: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

Luis Gil will take the ball for the New York Yankees (30-15) when they host starting pitcher Brad Keller and the Chicago White Sox (14-30) in a series opener on Saturday, with first pitch at 1:05 PM ET.The article below...

Royals vs. Athletics: Free Live Stream, TV Channel, How to Watch

On Saturday, Bobby Witt Jr. and the Kansas City Royals (26-19) begin a series against Brent Rooker and the Oakland Athletics (19-27) at Kauffman Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 PM ET.Find out how to watch the Kansas City-Oakland...

more bulls news