Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers
When it comes to center, Portland has a type. Or it should have a type, anyway.
Turner is another two-way big, similar to Towns in some respects.
He can space the floor, although he’s not as prolific a shooter or scorer. He’s more intimidating near the rim, but he’s not the same rebounder KAT is.
The Pacers’ big man is more athletic, though, less of a plodding 7-footer than Towns, and has a much lower usage rate. That would suit the Blazers as long as Lillard remains in Rip City.
In his 21 games this season, Towns ranks ninth in usage rate among all centers. Turner ranks 16th, in the territory of Willy Hernangomez, Nurkic, and JaVale McGee.
Turner would also come at a lower price; maybe Cronin could find a way to get his guy but keep one of Simons or Sharpe, or give up less future draft capital, but still fill his team’s need for a legitimate starting center.