The return of Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings isn’t imminent, but Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said Wednesday that he could be back in about three-to-four weeks, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY Sports.
Jennings is recovering from a torn Achilles suffered in late January. If this timetable holds, it’ll be about 11 months missed, which seems like a lot when compared to Wesley Matthews, who tore his Achilles in March but was ready to start this season. However, players heal at different rates, and the Pistons guard is also dealing with a minor setback:
It's the right knee with the cyst for Jennings. SVG said Jennings wasn't "game ready" before minor setback. #Pistons
— Vincent Ellis (@Vincent_Ellis56) December 4, 2015
The Pistons could really use Jennings and his quick-strike scoring ability back in the lineup, even if he returns at less than 100 percent of his former self. Detroit’s offense has been strong with starting point guard Reggie Jackson on the floor (104.5 points per 100 possessions, per NBA.com), but it’s been a train wreck with him on the bench (88.5 offensive rating).
Steve Blake and Spencer Dinwiddie are the backup point guards, and they simply haven’t gotten the job done. You could even say they’ve been awful. Getting Jennings back should jump-start the second unit, and perhaps a Jackson/Jennings backcourt could work in certain matchups.
Jennings, who’s set to be an unrestricted free agent, could also be trade bait. Of course, he needs to return and play well to build up some value.