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Pacers C Myles Turner expected to miss at least a week with ankle injury

Turner is a trade candidate for Indiana this season.

Indiana Pacers Fan Jam
Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers talks to the crowd during the Pacers Fan Jam on October 9, 2022 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Thursday update: Turner is expected to miss at least a week with the ankle injury he suffered Wednesday landing on a ball boy’s foot during warmups, according to Shams Charania.

The Indiana Pacers will be without center Myles Turner for Wednesday’s season opener against the Washington Wizards as the big man is dealing with an ankle injury. Turner is a huge trade chip for the Pacers this season, and will likely be in trade rumors all the way up to the deadline.

This is a new injury for Turner, who has had a history of knee issues during his NBA tenure. We’ll see if he’s badly injured of if this is just a minor sprain in the coming days. For the time being, look for the Pacers to give Isaiah Jackson and Jalen Smith a majority of the minutes in the frontcourt Wednesday. Jackson got heavy minutes last year and played well, while Smith is a project piece after flaming out with the Suns.

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Pacers are 2-point underdogs against the Wizards in the season opener.