WEDNESDAY, 7:58am: The Suns acknowledged the injury and confirmed Warren is out for the season via the team’s official Twitter account.
TUESDAY, 3:52pm: T.J. Warren will miss the rest of the season for the Suns because of a broken foot, league sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical on Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). The loss of the 14th overall pick from the 2014 draft is the latest blow to a Suns team that’s suffered a disastrous season so far. The combo forward has been battling a right ankle impingement for the past week and missed Sunday’s game against the Mavericks.
The Suns are already missing Eric Bledsoe, who’s out for the season with a torn meniscus in his left knee, and Ronnie Price, who’s out for a few weeks with a toe injury. Brandon Knight has a groin injury that’s keeping him out an indefinite period of time. The Suns might qualify for a hardship provision of a 16th roster spot if doctors expect Price and Knight to miss the next two weeks or more, but they already have an spot open beneath the usual 15-man limit. It’s too late in the season for the team to apply for a disabled player exception.
Warren averaged 11.0 points in 22.8 minutes per game and shot 40% from 3-point range this season, part of a group of young Suns players that’s offered some sense of optimism in a lost season so far. Phoenix is 14-35 so far and fired Jeff Hornacek on Monday. Warren’s rookie scale contract runs through 2017/18 with a nearly $3.153MM team option on the final season. The Suns already picked up his option for next season, worth almost $2.129MM.