1674950717 Pacers C Myles Turner a popular trade target reportedly agrees

Pacers C. Myles Turner, a popular trade target, reportedly agrees to two-year, $60 million extension

Myles Turner has a new contract with the Indiana Pacers, but that doesn’t mean he’s officially off the commercial market.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pacers’ big man has agreed to a two-year, $60 million contract extension. The deal will allegedly Watch Turner earn an additional $17.1 million this season, the largest seasonal salary renegotiation in NBA history.

Turner was a pending unrestricted free agent after agreeing to a four-year, $72 million deal in 2018, but is now signed through the 2024-25 season.

Contract extensions usually throw cold water at trade rumors about a player, however Bobby Marks Notes from ESPN Turner’s new deal, which will net him $21 million for the 2023-24 season and $20 million for 2024-25, leaves him tradable through the NBA’s Feb. 9 trading deadline.

The deal still makes the trade harder and more expensive for Turner, so it’s more likely the Pacers will continue to see him as a member of their core alongside Tyrese Haliburton and rookie Bennedict Mathurin.

The 24-27 Pacers seemed on track for a full rebuild given their distance from the Eastern Conference elite in record and star power, especially with Turner’s contract expiring after this season and Buddy Hield’s after next season.

That meant great interest in Turner. A proposed trade would have sent Turner and Hield to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Russell Westbrook and draft picks.

The 26-year-old gymnast is currently averaging career-best averages in points per game (17.5), rebounds per game (7.9), field goal percentage (.544), and 3-point percentage (.391) while playing his customary strong central defense, third in the NBA in blocks per game (2.4) and block percentage (7.1).

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 8: Myles Turner #33 of the Indiana Pacers reacts during the game against the Charlotte Hornets]at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on January 8, 2023 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  NOTICE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this photograph, the user agrees to the terms of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Myles Turner got paid again. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)