Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Warren needs foot surgery and will be out indefinitely, the team announced Thursday.
The 27-year-old veteran has a small stress fracture in his left navicular bone. He underwent a similar procedure in 2016.
Warren missed the entire preseason due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot, but he appeared in each of the Pacers’ first four regular-season games before sitting out the club’s 119-99 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday in Indianapolis.
He is scoring 15.5 points per game, a dropoff from last season when his career-high average of 19.8 points led the team. Warren was particularly effective in the six games he played in the NBA’s Orlando-area bubble after the 2019-20 campaign restarted, averaging 31 points in six games and putting up a career-best 53 against the Philadelphia 76ers on Aug. 1.
Warren is in his second season with the Pacers after he started his NBA career by playing 2014-15 through 2018-19 with the Suns. Phoenix selected him in 2014 out of North Carolina State with the 14th overall pick.
In 332 career NBA games (236 starts), Warren has averaged 15.5 points and 4.1 rebounds.