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Myles Turner misses Indiana Pacers season opener after reportedly landing on a ball boy's foot

Myles Turner was a late scratch for the Indiana Pacers first game of the season because of a surprising reason
Myles Turner misses Indiana Pacers season opener after reportedly landing on a ball boy's foot

Myles Turner

Myles Turner was a late scratch for the Indiana Pacers season opener against the Washington Wizards. The team announced his inclusion in the injured list a few hours before the matchup on Thursday.

Some people around the league were waiting on more updates about Turner's supposed left ankle sprain, as there had been no reports about it in previous days. The apparent reason for his injury may surprise a lot of people. According to Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports, the Pacers big man landed on a ball boy's foot during the pregame warmup.

Road to recovery

It is an unfortunate turn of events for Turner. He had been preparing to make a long-awaited return after missing the last 39 games of the 2021-22 season.

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The University of Texas at Austin product sustained a stress reaction on his left foot midway into the campaign. He was initially ruled out for at least two weeks but ended up being ruled out for the rest of the season.

Turner was on his way to another strong season, averaging 12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.5 3-pointers per contest. His 2.8 blocks per game would have led the league if he had met the minimum number of matches.

Trade-rumor fodder

For the past years, the two-way center has been the subject of plenty of trade rumors. His abilities to cover guards and bigs on defense and score from different spots on offense are highly coveted by several other teams, particularly those with title aspirations.

It will be interesting to see if Turner remains in a Pacers uniform until the end of the season. If Indiana undergoes a full rebuild, then it is highly likely that the veteran will be moved to another franchise.

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