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Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner has not played since Jan. 14 because of a stress reaction in his left foot and is still "a couple weeks out" from returning, according to coach Rick Carlisle. Despite being sidelined for the last six weeks, Turner remains second in the league in total blocks this season, as he pointed out on Twitter on Thursday.

After the Pacers' first practice since the All-Star break on Wednesday, Carlisle told reporters that he does not know precisely when Turner will return to the court, "but he's on a good path," via the Indianapolis Star's James Boyd. Whenever it happens, Turner will join a new kind of Pacers team. Two-time All-Star center Domantas Sabonis is gone, as are wings Caris LeVert, Justin Holiday, Jeremy Lamb and Torrey Craig. In their place are guards Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield and big man Jalen Smith. Malcolm Brogdon, who has missed more than a month with right Achilles soreness, is expected to play his first game with this reconfigured roster when the Pacers host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday. 

Indiana has a 20-40 record and is nine games out of the last play-in spot in the Eastern Conference, so there is an argument that it should simply shelve Turner the rest of the way. Getting back on the court, though, would give him an opportunity to develop chemistry with Haliburton and show what he can do as the Pacers' lone starting center. In December, Turner said he thought they saw him as nothing more than a "glorified role player," telling The Athletic's Jared Weiss that he wanted to "be a more prominent night-in, night-out guy on the offensive side of the ball instead of someone who is asked to be a floor spacer and hide in the shadows."

Other injury news in Indiana: Rookie wing Chris Duarte, who missed the two games preceding the break with a toe injury, didn't practice on Wednesday, and it's unclear whether or not he'll be in the lineup against Oklahoma City. Forward T.J. Warren, who has not played since December 2020 because of a stress fracture in his left foot, participated in most of practice, but his status remains as murky as ever. Carlisle said that there is still no timetable for Warren's return. 

"As (Warren) goes along, it's just gonna be how he's feeling," Carlisle said, via the Indianapolis Star. "How he feels the next morning. Those kinds of things. He's made a tremendous amount of progress without setbacks, but the timing is uncertain for when he would come back to games."

Warren will be an unrestricted free agent in July. He was spectacular in the 2020 bubble, but has barely been seen since. There is no incentive for the Pacers to rush him back this season, but, if Warren can even approach that level of play, he has incentive to show it to executives around the league.