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Nets unlikely to be traded for Pacers’ Myles Turner, per League Executive

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The Feb. 9 NBA trade deadline is fast approaching, and with it just weeks away, the Brooklyn Nets remain one of the teams known to be seeking a deal. With Kyrie Irving in the final year of his contract with the Nets, the team is in win-now mode and an NBA executive told Heavy Sports that Sean Marks’ job as general manager could depend on what moves he can or can make not for the date in February. Brooklyn is said to be looking for a big man or depth in all sorts of trades.

The nets have been associated with many gamers. Kyle Kuzma, Myles Turner, Jakob Poeltl, Bojan Bogdanovic, John Collins and more. However, an Eastern Conference executive recently spoke to Heavy Sports NBA insider Sean Deveney and apparently ruled out the possibility of any of those players ending up in Brooklyn.

Indiana Pacers big man Myles Turner has been the subject of trade rumors for years and has been linked to the Nets several times during that period, including this August in a deal involving Joe Harris and Day’Ron Sharpe. Nothing notable has progressed on the Turner-to-Brooklyn front, however. When Deveney asked an Eastern Conference executive about Turner’s potential for coming to Brooklyn, the executive implied that Turner isn’t what the Nets are looking for.

“The Nets are definitely looking for a deal, but they want to bring in a star who can play alongside what they have. You’d be looking for a power forward type, maybe a rebounder, and Turner is pretty strictly a center and not a great rebounder. They loved what they got at the center of Nic Claxton this year. If he can stay sane and KD (Durant) plays the 4 and now takes TJ Warren off the bench, he can play the 4. So Turner isn’t that much on the radar. The other thing is the Nets don’t have choices and the Pacers want choices for Turner if they decide to move him at all,” the manager told Heavy Sports.

Turner is in the midst of a career year in Indiana, averaging an impressive 17.0 points and 7.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game for the Pacers. While not known for his rebound, he’s doing so at a career rate this season. While the executive says Turner isn’t on the Nets’ radar, should he be? His shooting ability allows them to blast the ground. He could slide in well next to Durant, Simmons or Claxton. He brings another shot-blocking presence alongside Simmons.

The Nets are 29th in the NBA in team rebounding. It’s been a weakness of theirs all season. Addressing their presence on the boards is a priority as the deadline nears, and Turner could potentially help if he could keep his nearly 8 boards a game in a Nets uniform if traded to Brooklyn.

Recently, the Nets have also been linked to Hornets power forward PJ Washington, who is averaging 4.6 per game, half what Turner does while averaging more minutes per game. If Brooklyn is looking for a rebound, putting Turner back on his radar could be a good move this win-now season.

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