On the eve of the 2018-19 NBA Season, the Indiana Pacers have locked up their big man for the future.  Pacer center Myles Turner and the Pacers agreed to a 4 yr $80M deal to stay with the Pacers through 2022 season.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported a deal was still being negotiated between Pacers president Kevin Pritchard and agent J.R Hensley, but the deal is expected to be done before the 6 p.m. ET deadline. According to Wojnarowski, they’re still going back and forth on numbers for a four-year deal in the $70 million-plus range.

The 22-year-old Turner averaged 12.7 points and 6.4 rebounds in 60 games last season. In his second season in the NBA, Turner averaged 14.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in 81 games.

I believe the Pacers made the right decision in the end due to the impending free agency that loomed for Turner.  After 6 PM tonight, an extension could not be signed until the offseason.  Locking up Turner long-term and keeping him away from the teams like Chicago and New York who would throw “big money”.  Yes, I would have loved to see Turner play this season and see how he odes before signing.  If you look into the contract details, Turner making $20M a year for 4 years isn’t too far off from the average $10M -$14M that bench players are making currently.  I believe this is a good deal for a young player who is still growing.  Now it’s time to live up to this big contract!   GO Pacers! 

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