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After spending a lot of the past 12 months seemingly headed for a divorce, the Indiana Pacers and center Myles Turner are reportedly open to staying together.

Per Shams Charania for The Athletic, the Pacers and Turner have “opened up contract extension discussions and are exploring a possible recent deal” before he becomes a free agent within the offseason.

Charania noted Indiana will proceed to have an open mind concerning the trade market and won’t rule anything out.

Turner was heavily linked to the Los Angeles Lakers in trade rumors over the summer. Charania reported in September the Lakers turned down Indiana’s request for 2 unprotected first-round draft picks in exchange for Turner and Buddy Hield.

When the season began, it appeared like a matter of when, not if, Turner could be moved. The Pacers weren’t expected to be superb, and trading a 26-year-old center with strong defensive acumen and a few scoring aptitude would net them a solid return.

Through the primary two months of the season, though, the Pacers appear to have found a nucleus they’ll construct around. Tyrese Haliburton and Bennedict Mathurin are arguably the second-best young backcourt duo within the NBA behind Ja Morant and a healthy Desmond Bane for the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Pacers traded Domantas Sabonis to the Sacramento Kings in February, and Turner has taken steps forward now that he doesn’t must share the ground with one other big man.

Indiana has just $71.3 million in salary commitments for the 2023-24 season, and Turner is the one key contributor set to develop into a free agent next summer. Goga Bitadze is eligible for restricted free agency.

Turner is on pace to set profession highs in scoring (16.7 points per game), rebounds (7.8), field-goal percentage (54.1) and three-point percentage (41.7). He’s also averaging greater than two blocks per game for the fifth consecutive season.

For so long as Herb Simon has been the Pacers’ governor, the franchise has tried to remain competitive every season. The outcomes have not at all times measured up, nevertheless it’s rare the Pacers will bottom out. Their 25-57 finish last season was just the third time they’ve lost at the least 50 games since 1986-87.

The Pacers enter Friday eighth within the Eastern Conference with a 16-16 record.

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