The Detroit Pistons are 3-9 with Cade Cunningham enjoying. They’re winless with out him, making the most recent replace on the younger star much more regarding.
Cunningham has been out since November 9 with an harm to his left shin, and now the group fears he may have season-ending surgical procedure. The Pistons have already got the NBA’s worst report at 3-15. With starters Saddiq Bey and Isaiah Stewart additionally out injured, Detroit has a really actual likelihood to complete November with a single win, and a 3-20 report general.
What does that imply, apart from extra enjoying time for rookies Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren, and 21-year-old Killian Hayes? It signifies that the Pistons profession of ahead Bojan Bogdanovic could find yourself being fairly temporary, though he signed a contract extension three weeks in the past.
Detroit traded Kelly Olynyk to Utah for Bogdanovic in September, partially as a result of Bogdanovic wished an extension. On the time it seemed like Utah was dumping veterans to tank however they’re main the Western Convention as a substitute. It additionally seemed like Detroit was able to maybe compete for a play-in spot after including Cunningham with the No. 1 decide in 2021 and pairing him with two lottery picks this yr. As an alternative, they’ve the league’s worst report.
Who else may go? Any veteran over age 25. Alec Burks might present factors off the bench for any contender, and he is again from his foot harm. He is received a group possibility for 2023-24. So does middle Nerlens Noel, who has been battling accidents all yr however offers good protection when he is wholesome. There’s additionally Cory Joseph, a reliable backup level guard, on a highly-tradeable $5.1 million deal.
It is a irritating harm for the Pistons – and a foul signal for his or her medical workers – however no less than being actually dangerous in 2022-23 could include a priceless comfort prize: Victor Wembanyama.