A much-discussed trade target and Pacers’ bigman Myles Turner will be out for at least two weeks with a stress reaction in his foot, the team announced Tuesday.
Turner has been examined by multiple specialists, “who have determined the injury to be a stress reaction in his left foot.” The veteran big however could be out for more than two weeks according to Jeff Stotts of In Street Clothes.
“A stress reaction is a precursor to a stress fracture. Stopping activity & treating any underlying contributing factors can allow natural remodeling to catch up & repair the injury site. Involved bone is key w/ metatarsal fractures the most common.”
The list of other NBA players to suffer a stress reaction in one of their feet includes Thomas Bryant, Tyson Chandler, Paul Pierce, & Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Average lost time is ~20 games.Jeff Stotts, In Street Clothes
If Turner misses 20 games, this means he will be sidelined past the trade deadline. In that case, several teams in win-now situation could be backing away from the leading blocker in the NBA.
Several teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks, are high on Turner, who is leading the NBA in blocks the last two seasons.
According to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, Indiana wants two first round picks in return for Turner. It’s unclear if the situation around his value will change due to his injury.
“The Pacers are seeking two first-round picks or a promising young player and a first-round pick in exchange for Myles Turner, the NBA’s top shot blocker, league sources told HoopsHype.”Michael Scotto, HoopsHype
This season, Turner averages 12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.8 blocks a game. He has one more season on his contract after this one, worth $18 million.