The Indiana Pacers announced Thursday afternoon that guard Edmond Sumner is out indefinitely after suffering a torn left Achilles during an offseason workout.
Sumner, 25, established himself as a regular member of the Pacers' rotation in 2020-21, playing in 53 games and starting 24 while averaging 7.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.9 assists per contest. The 2017 second-round pick, who initially joined the team on a two-way contract, has spent four seasons in Indiana. The Pacers exercised his club option for 2021-22 in late July.
Indiana will now have to deal with two significant injuries as training camp begins. Forward T.J. Warren is also out indefinitely as he continues to recover from a stress fracture in his left foot.
The Pacers could still pursue upgrades before the season begins, but as things stand now, Sumner's injury likely means first-round pick Chris Duarte will have a bigger role. His absence could also create more opportunities for third-year guard Kelan Martin, two-way players DeJon Jarreau and Duane Washington Jr., and training camp invitees Nate Hinton, Keifer Sykes and Terry Taylor.