TJ Warren's Return to Pacers is 'Coming Really Soon'

Grant Afseth

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- It has been roughly six weeks since TJ Warren has been with the Indiana Pacers. He's been sidelined as he recovers from a stress fracture in his left foot. 

When talking with reporters after Sunday's practice, Pacers coach Nate Bjorkgren expressed how TJ Warren's return to the team is 'coming really soon.'

Warren was off to a solid start to the season before needing to undergo surgery. He appeared in four games and posted averages of 15.5 points and 3.5 rebounds. He was thriving as a scorer using ball screens and in transition but was struggling from beyond the arc.

While Warren has been sidelined, the Pacers have experimented with a variety of different lineup combinations. Most recently, Doug McDermott has been leaned upon to start on the wing but surely would relegated back to the bench group upon Warren's return.  

It will be important for the Pacers to get both TJ Warren and Caris LeVert back from their respective health issues before the end of the season. It just remains to be seen how long that will be. 

It will likely still be a while until either player is able to make their return to practice, let alone game action. Warren rejoining the team is a positive step towards an eventual return, but he'd still need to work his way back into shape and ready to play in game action.

The Pacers will return to action on Sunday when they take on Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls.