Brandon Jennings suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon and went through surgery last January and the Detroit Pistons point guard is still “not close” to being cleared for basketball activities, according to a report.
According to David Aldridge of the league’s official website, Jennings is still not cleared to join the Pistons’ drills, contact or non-contact as the teams enter the training camp phase of the offseason. Jennings had surgery on Jan. 27 and according to the point guard, he was pegged for full recovery from six to nine months.
Days after the ankle injury and surgery, the Pistons acquired another point guard in Reggie Jackson in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Jackson acquisition fueled speculations that Jennings is not part of Detroit’s future plans but head coach Stan Van Gundy stated in interviews that they are willing to explore a dual PG in their backcourt for the upcoming NBA season.
Jackson signed a fresh five-year $80 million contract with the Pistons earlier in the offseason while Jennings is in the last year of his three-season deal in Detroit worth $8.34 million in 2015-2016.
The 6-foot-1 Jennings averaged 15.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.1 steals in 41 games last season before missing the rest of the year due to the ankle injury. In 27 games for the Pistons last year, Jackson averaged 17.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 9.2 assists.