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Pistons’ Cade Cunningham opts for shin surgery, ending his 2022-23 season: report


Detroit Pistons star guard Cade Cunningham is reportedly out for the remainder of the season to undergo surgery on his injured left shin.

Cunningham, the first pick in the 2021 NBA draft, hasn’t been able to adapt to the Pistons since Nov. 9. Now, after speaking with several doctors about it, Cunningham and the Pistons have decided he should have surgery, per ESPN.

Cunningham is expected to be ready for training camp next season, ESPN added.

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Cade Cunningham of the Detroit Pistons moves the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Nov. 7, 2022, at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
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The initial decision was to rest, recover and see how the shin progressed, with Cunningham not working on the hardwood for a month. Minimal progress has clearly been made, leading to this move which is sure to be a blow to the Pistons the rest of the way.

Detroit already owns the NBA’s worst record at 7-22, and losing one of their key players doesn’t help matters.

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In the 12 games he has played this season, the Oklahoma State product has averaged 19.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game.

Cade Cunningham of the Detroit Pistons looks on during the game against the Sacramento Kings on November 20, 2022, at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.

Cade Cunningham of the Detroit Pistons looks on during the game against the Sacramento Kings on November 20, 2022, at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.
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Cunningham had 17.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 32.6 minutes per game last season with Detroit, which led to him being on the 2021-22 rookie roster.

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Going forward, the Pistons will likely stay with 2020 first-rounder Killian Hayes at point guard while rookie shooter, fifth overall pick Jaden Ivey, runs on both.

Cade Cunningham of the Detroit Pistons stands on the court for the national anthem before the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Nov. 4, 2022, at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

Cade Cunningham of the Detroit Pistons stands on the court for the national anthem before the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Nov. 4, 2022, at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
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Detroit sports one of the youngest teams in the league, with Bojan Bogdanovic their only starter right now with more than three seasons of NBA experience.

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