Brandon Jennings and Reggie Jackson are going to make an interesting one-two punch at the point guard spot in Detroit — and Stan Van Gundy still plans to play the together at points.
But we’re not going to see that for a while because Jennings is still trying to recover from his torn Achilles suffered last January. That’s not new news, but it was confirmed by David Aldridge of NBA.com in his must-read Monday column.
Jennings is “not close” to being cleared, according to a source. He is currently shooting and running on a treadmill at 60 percent of his body weight, but the Pistons need to be able to see him run, cut and shoot off of one leg before he’s cleared to even begin non-contact drills on court.
Previous reports suggested it will be December before Jennings returns.
When he does return he will come off the bench, but once fully healthy he’s going to get plenty of run — in part because he can play, and in part because the Pistons will want to showcase him for a potential trade. Detroit committed to Jackson as the point guard with his massive new contract this summer, he’s not the guy SVG wants to move. Rather, it will be Jackson in the last year of his contract who will be shopped as a rental.
But we’re a long way from that, too, because any team is going to want to see him play a little before getting serious about trade talks.