Last year in the NBA Bubble, TJ Warren was one of the breakout stars, as he averaged 31.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and shot 57.8% from the floor and 52.4% from three-point range in six seeding games. He was expected to continue his success from the summer into this season, but after four games into this season, Warren went down with what appeared to be a season ending foot injury.
It was deemed that TJ Warren had suffered a small navicular stress fracture in his left foot and it was determined by both the team and Warren that surgery would be the best course of action. So, the 27-year-old wing was declared out for the season, but some new details are starting to surface about the turmoil in the Pacers organization.
First year head coach Nate Bjorkgren was a “surprise” hire in the offseason for the Pacers and early on, there were a lot of questions about his fit and philosophy with the players they had on this roster. Throughout the year, Bjorkgren Made some questionable decisions benching some of his best players late in games and with the Pacers underachieving expectations this season, the future of Nate Bjorkgren in Indiana could be in jeopardy.
Now, recent reports have surfaced about not only Bjorkgren’s future being in question, but some key talents, including TJ Warren, wanting out of the Pacers organization. Apparently, Warren was “not happy” with the hiring of Nate Bjorkgren from the start and when his injury occurred, he opted to have surgery not only to repair the injury, but that way he would not have to play for Bjorkgren, according to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer.
Now, with the whole Goga Bitadze-Greg Foster situation that occurred earlier this week during the Pacers loss at home to the Sacramento Kings, it seems like there is a major rift between the players and coaching staff of this organization, something that will likely not be able to be fixed at this point in time.
If the NBA rumors are true that TJ Warren wants out of Indiana, he could easily become the most highly sought after player on the market this offseason, especially with this year’s pending free agents now possessing the most talent. If Warren does become available, here are three teams who should consider trading for him.