Unwilling to the pay the luxury tax, the Pistons let quietly productive Anthony Tolliver leave for the Timberwolves. That left a couple options for a stretch big behind Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond in Detroit:
- Jon Leuer, a 29-year-old who missed 74 games last season due to injury
- Henry Ellenson, a former first-round pick who has done little in two NBA seasons
Those choices look even thinner now.
Veteran forward/center Jon Leuer underwent successful surgery on Wednesday, August 8 in New York in relation to a right medial meniscus injury that occurred during an offseason workout earlier this week.
Leuer will begin the rehabilitation process immediately and his return to full basketball activity will be updated prior to the start of training camp.
The severity of meniscus injuries can vary significantly. Leuer’s injury history is not encouraging.
This puts pressure on Ellenson to be rotation-worthy. If he’s not ready, perhaps Stanley Johnson can play some small-ball four.
But the Pistons, seemingly near the playoff border, lose margin for error.