NBA Rumors: Turner, Oubre, Theis, Magic, Pacers

Pacers center Myles Turner reaches to pull down a rebound. - USA Today images

The Timberwolves and Hornets are two teams that heavily desire Pacers center Myles Turner, according to J. Michael of the Indianapolis Star.

Turner, who averaged 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and a career-high 3.4 blocks in 47 games this season, garnered heavy consideration for Defensive Player of the Year but missed too many games to actually be handed the award.

In Minnesota, Turner could come in and take a huge load off of Karl-Anthony Towns‘ shoulders on the defensive end, as Towns can then focus on being more of a help defender that can help protect the rim rather than try and take it upon himself to lock down the paint.

The Hornets, Lakers, Clippers, Knicks, and Pelicans were among the teams to express interest in the Pacers big man prior to the trade deadline.

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  • The Knicks, Heat and Spurs are three teams tbat are interested in Kelly Oubre Jr., according to Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports. Marc Berman of the New York Post was first with the Knicks’ interest in Oubre. Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of Bally Sports also reported that the Lakers were interested in Oubre.

  • Daniel Theis could earn a deal worth at least the mid-level exception this offseason, according to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype. Theis is said to want to join a winning team, but be in a situation where he gets meaningful minutes.

  • Ime Udoka, Kenny Atkinson, Dan Craig and Darvin Ham are all options to become the next head coach of the Magic, according to Scotto. Whoever becomes the next head coach will look to maximize the young talent in Orlando.

  • Brian Shaw has emerged as a candidate for the Pacers head coaching job, according to J. Michael. Shaw was the associate coach for the Pacers during the 2011-2013 seasons, as he moved on to take the head coaching job with the Nuggets shortly after.

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