Minnesota Timberwolves: 3 issues with trading for Myles Turner

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Last week, there was a report by a writer from the Indy Star that the Minnesota Timberwolves are, “…REALLY interested” in Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner, and on the surface, it’s easy to see why. Turner averaged a really solid 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 0.9 steals per game while shooting 47.7 percent from the field and 33.5 percent from 3-point range. What’s more impressive is that Turner actually led the league in blocks per game this year with 3.4.

Delving even deeper into Turner’s season, and the defensive argument for Minnesota wanting him among their ranks is obvious. Turner’s defensive rating is 107.9, which while not being earth-shattering in terms of position in the league, would instantly put him behind only Jake Layman on the Timberwolves for defensive rating for players who’ve played more than 10 games, and he’s the league leader in block percentage at 8.8.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly interested in Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner. Before making a move, though, they need to be careful.

The defensive side of things, at least, seems to be all there. On the other end of the court, Turner sometimes struggles to get it done, but the Wolves have more than enough offensive assets to cover him there.

On paper, Turner looks like a great asset. His defensive ability looks to be exactly what Minnesota needs, his height can be a great detriment to opponents on the inside, and he could provide a fourth offensive option on the inside should defenses try to float out against a Minnesota team that loves taking 3’s. However, when you examine the practicality of bringing in Turner, the idea seems a little riskier.