Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said Thursday that McConnell is no longer donning a cast on his surgically repaired right wrist, but the point guard is "weeks" away from playing, James Boyd of The Indianapolis Star reports. "[The training staff is] starting to do mobility and manual therapy and get [his right wrist] moving," Carlisle said of McConnell. "Every day is a little bit better. As far as a timetable, it's gonna be weeks. I don't know how many."

Multiple reports suggested that McConnell would be sidelined for an extended period when he underwent surgery on the wrist in early December, so his continued absence and lack of a clear return timeline nearly two and a half months after the procedure doesn't come as a major surprise. While the fact that McConnell has shed his cast is seemingly a step in the right direction, the 29-year-old looks as though he's at least a week or more away from resuming on-court work. With McConnell out indefinitely and Malcolm Brogdon's lingering Achilles injury making him a potential shutdown candidate, Tyrese Haliburton could end up seeing extensive run at point guard throughout the second half of the season.

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