Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings came into his own after Josh Smith was waived last season, but Jennings’s season was cut short by a devastating Achilles injury. The Pistons then acquired Reggie Jackson and gave him a five-year, $80 million contract, leaving Jennings in a precarious spot as he enters the final year of his contract.
But Jennings isn’t concerned about losing his starting spot, as he’s just looking forward to getting healthy and back on the court (via the Detroit Free Press):
“Bringing in Reggie Jackson was smart,” Jennings said. “I’m supposed to be out, really, for nine months, and they need a point guard. …
“My main thing is just to get healthy. Hey, if I have to come off the bench and be the sixth man or whatever, I’m fine with that. Man, I just want to play basketball again. I just want to get back on the court and have fun.”
Jennings suffered the injury in January, and he’s unsure if he’ll be ready for training camp. Achilles injuries are one of the toughest to come back from, and the point guard isn’t going to rush his return.
Whenever Jennings does return to the court, the Pistons will surely see if he and Jackson can coexist, and perhaps Jennings embraces a sixth-man role. However, a trade is also an option, and Jennings’s $8.3 million expiring contract could be quite valuable on the trade market if he proves he can play.