Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings tore his Achilles in January, leading Stan Van Gundy to go out and acquire Reggie Jackson and then give him a huge new deal. Jennings recently said he’ll embrace a role off the bench when he returns, and Van Gundy told Detroit Sports 105.1 that the point guard likely won’t be back until December (via ProBasketballTalk):
“We don’t know where Brandon is going to be health-wise. Right now, he’s still recovering. We’re probably looking at mid- to late-December to have him back.”
Considering the serious nature of the injury, a December return makes sense. With Jackson on board, the Pistons have no reason to rush Jennings back on the court, and he shouldn’t risk another injury by coming back too soon, although he surely would like to come back sooner rather than later to either showcase himself for a trade or for a new contract next summer.
Whenever Jennings does return, he’ll likely share some court time with Jackson, although there’s no doubt Reggie is the starter. Detroit will surely shop Jennings around, and as an expiring contract, another team may be willing to take a chance on him if he stays healthy.