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Pistons star Cade Cunningham will miss the rest of the season

The Pistons took a massive blow as second-year guard Cade Cunningham is set to undergo season-ending shin surgery.

Cunningham has been out of the lineup since Nov. 9, during which he has tried resting and rehabbing the injury. However, after consulting with numerous doctors, both sides decided that surgery is best for his career.

In his brief time on the floor this year, he showed continued improvement, averaging 19.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 6.0 assists in 12 games. He had become the Pistons’ top offensive factor, and his absence leaves a gaping void that the team will need to fill collectively.


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Detroit will take the precautionary approach as he’s the key piece to the team’s future. The front office has taken the rebuilding game plan to formulate a roster around Cunningham.

The Pistons have floundered through the first 29 games, holding one of the worst records in the league at a 7-22 mark. Veteran forward Bojan Bogdanovic has been the primary scorer behind, leading the team with 21.0 points per game.

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Detroit will likely move through the rest of the season well outside the playoff picture. The team will look to continue to restructure the roster next offseason.

Cunningham will be entering the third year of his four-year, $45.5 million rookie contract. If the Pistons want to entice him to remain with the team beyond his current deal, the front office will need to build a team that can compete for the playoffs and much more.

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