One of the top names on this year’s trade market will be out of action for at least the next two weeks. Pacers center Myles Turner has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his left foot, the team announced in a press release.
Turner’s absence is expected to stretch beyond the February 10 trade deadline, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link). He adds that teams interested in trading for Turner will have to investigate the severity of the injury before they make a decision.
Although Indiana has reportedly expressed an openness to break up its big man combination of Turner and Domantas Sabonis, Wojnarowski notes that there’s no pressure to move Turner right away if the Pacers don’t get the offers they want (Twitter link). He’s under contract for one more season at $17.5MM and could be traded this summer.
Turner, who sat out Monday afternoon’s game against the Clippers, was examined by “multiple specialists,” the press release adds. He will receive treatment over the next two weeks and his condition will be re-evaluated by Indiana’s medical team.
Trade rumors have been swirling around Turner for several weeks, with the Mavericks, Knicks, Lakers, Hornets, Timberwolves, Kings, Trail Blazers, and Raptors reportedly showing interest. He’s the league’s top shot blocker at 2.8 per game and is averaging 12.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per night.