After hip and back issues delayed his season debut, Pistons guard Reggie Bullock appeared in just four games this season before being sidelined with another injury. The Pistons announced today in a press release that Bullock suffered a left knee meniscus tear during the second quarter of Wednesday’s game against the Heat.
According to the announcement from the team, Bullock will be further evaluated by team doctors and other medical experts to determine the next course of action, and there’s no timetable yet for his potential return to the court. Bullock’s recovery timeline will be affected by whether or not he undergoes a procedure to remove or repair the meniscus. Typically, players who suffer a torn meniscus are sidelined for at least a few weeks, and occasionally end up missing several months depending on the severity of the tear, as well as how the injury is treated and rehabbed.
The 25th overall pick in the 2013 draft, Bullock spent time with the Clippers and Suns before arriving in Detroit. Last season, he averaged a career-high 11.6 minutes per game for the team, and while his numbers (3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG) were modest, he played solid defense. Bullock was extension-eligible this offseason, but didn’t ink a new deal with the Pistons, so he remains on track for restricted free agency in the summer of 2017.
Reggie Jackson is on track to return to the Pistons’ lineup in early December, but until then, the team will be somewhat shorthanded in the backcourt with both Jackson and Bullock out of action. Ish Smith and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will continue to play significant roles for Detroit in the interim, with Stanley Johnson, Beno Udrih and Darrun Hilliard among the bench players who could see a little extra playing time.