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.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 15, 2018
Pacers center Myles Turner has reached an agreement on a four-year, $72M contract extension that could rise to $80M with bonuses, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 15, 2018
We’ve signed Myles Turner to a multi-year contract extension.
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) October 15, 2018
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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