The Celtics’ search for a center is probably the NBA’s worst kept secret. After losing Al Horford in the summer, Boston was hoping to fill that hole with veteran big man Enes Kanter. To be blunt, Kanter has not been able to step up, being pretty much unplayable in the closing minutes of games.
So, with their problem remaining unresolved, we have reason to suspect the Celtics may look to the trade market for answers.
According to ClutchPoints, Myles Turner may be the first name they look at.
“For the Celtics to take the next step as a team, acquiring a stretch five that can effectively protect the paint would be ideal. One option that meets that description is Indiana Pacers center, Myles Turner. While he wouldn’t bring the passing impact that Horford provided, Turner is a dynamic paint protector and can space the floor. For reference, Turner led the NBA in blocked shots while shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc in 2018-19. He also has greater offensive upside that has yet to be tapped into as a result of being held to a usage rate below 20% since his rookie year — at a career-low 18% in 2019-20.”
As a young, two-way big man, Myles Turner would be everything the Celtics are looking for in their center. Better still, he fits the timeline of Tatum, Brown, and the other members of their young core.
But are they willing to pay the price to get him? For an asset like Turner, the Pacers would no doubt want a lucrative haul of picks and players, likely including either Brown or Marcus Smart.
It’s a risky move, but one that may very well pay off. As the current face of the Pacers, Turner is averaging 12.6 points and 6.6 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks on 49% shooting this season.