2019 - 2020 Indiana Pacers and everything NBA thread in College Football and all other sports Posted 18 hours ago 2 hours ago, 21isSuperman said: Multiple sources are reporting it. The Pacers and Sabonis are pretty far apart on contract talks, so the Pacers are actively involved in trade talks. Unpopular opinion: I'd rather see them trade Turner than Sabonis. I understand what Turner brings defensively at the rim and that he can shoot the 3, but let's just compare stats during the last 2 years: Sabonis (per 36 mins): 18.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, 55.3% shooting Turner (per 36 mins): 16.5 points, 8.6 rebounds (!), 48.3% shooting Sabonis (advanced stats): 19.8 PER, .600 true shooting %, 0.162 win shares/48 Turner (advances stats): 17.3 PER, .567 TS%, 0.133 win shares/48 Now just last year's stats, per 36: Sabonis: 20.4 points, 4.2 assists, 13.5 rebounds, 59.0 FG% Turner: 16.7 points, 2.0 assists, 9.0 rebounds, 48.7 FG% And last year's advanced stats: Sabonis: 21.9 PER, .630 TS%, 0.197 win shares/48 Turner: 18.0 PER, .567 TS%, 0.144 WS/48 There are obviously some stats where Turner outperforms Sabonis (eg. blocks, fewer turnovers), so I don't want to give the impression that I'm cherry-picking here. Turner has a higher ceiling, is more athletic, and has more potential/talent, which is why I think the Pacers could get more in return for him than for Sabonis. Sabonis has a higher floor and works harder; he maximizes his talent better than Turner. Trading Turner also opens up more possibilities because of his contract. If you trade Turner, you keep the less flashy, but more effective, player, while also getting more in return. I would have loved to see the Pacers target Beal, but now that he signed his extension, I think that's out of the question. I share the same opinion. Playing in the East, Sabonis is the better "big man" of the two. Sabonis would be a double/double machine if he got to start at the 5 full-time.