The Indiana Pacers won’t take any risks with Myles Turner, deciding to shut down their talented big man for the remainder of the 2021-22 NBA season. The Pacers confirmed the move on their social media.
Turner has been out since January, dealing with a stress fracture in his left foot. He progressed well in recent weeks, but it didn’t make sense to rush the 26-year-old player back on the court with the Pacers’ season already over.
According to Pacers’ President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard, both the team and the player believe it is best if he continues focusing on his rehab.
“We will continue to work closely with Myles, and we’re looking forward to his return to the court at full strength next season,” Pritchard explained.
Despite being on the verge of leaving the franchise on multiple occasions, it appears that the Pacers now view Myles Turner as one of their cornerstone players. The key event that made Indiana change their mind regarding Turner was the departure of All-Star Domantas Sabonis ahead of the trade deadline. With Sabonis out of the building, Turner can be the only big man on the court at all times, which should help him reach his full potential.
Turner averaged 12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks in 42 games he played this season.