Pistons forward Bojan Bogdanovic has sat out the last three games with what the team is referring to as bilateral Achilles tendinopathy. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, that ailment could jeopardize the rest of Bogdanovic’s season.
Charania has heard that the Pistons are considering taking precautionary measures to manage Bogdanovic’s health and may soon to decide to shut him down.
Certainly, the Pistons aren’t in desperate need of Bogdanovic’s contributions on the court down the stretch. Detroit signed the veteran to a contract extension last fall and has repeatedly suggested it views him as a player who can help the team return to playoff contention next season, but that’s not happening this year — the 15-51 Pistons currently have the NBA’s worst record, so the only race they’ll be involved in during the next few weeks is the one for the league’s top draft lottery odds.
Here’s more on the Pistons:
- Pistons rookie Jaden Ivey is showing real signs of progress as a ball-handler and play-maker in the second half of the season, writes James L. Edwards III of The Athletic. Since January 6, Ivey has averaged 16.1 points and 6.1 assists per game on .433/.358/.746 shooting in 24 appearances (30.8 MPG). He has been even better as of late, racking up 39 points and 25 assists in his last two contests. The next step for Ivey will be figuring out how to share those ball-handling and play-making duties with Cade Cunningham next season.
- With several players, including Bogdanovic, Isaiah Stewart (right hip soreness), and Jalen Duren (bilateral ankle soreness) on the shelf this week, Eugene Omoruyi has gotten a chance to play for the Pistons since signing a 10-day contract on Friday, notes Omari Sankofa II of The Detroit Free Press (subscriber-only story). “He’s just a dog, especially on both ends of the floor,” James Wiseman said of his new teammate, who had 15 points and six rebounds in 23 minutes on Tuesday. “But really just locking up the rebounds and just being in there and mucking everything up on defense and being an energy guy. That’s what we needed to get over the hump, especially for this game. I feel like he was a great piece for our team.”
- In case you missed it, an ankle injury will sideline Hamidou Diallo for at least the next few weeks, and possibly for the rest of the season.