Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham — the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft — plans to undergo season-ending surgery on his left shin, sources told ESPN on Monday.
Cunningham, who has been sidelined since Nov. 9, has seen several doctors in recent weeks and ultimately decided with the Pistons and his representatives at Excel Sports to undergo a procedure that should see him fully recover ahead of camp. training for 2023-24. season, sources said.
Cunningham took a month to see if rest and rehabilitation would improve the shin, but made the decision on Monday to go ahead with the end-of-season procedure.
Cunningham has averaged 19.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6 assists in 12 games this season. He finished third in Rookie of the Year voting behind Scottie Barnes and Evan Mobley and was chosen as a first-team rookie a season ago.
Cunningham, Oklahoma State’s first pick, averaged 17.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists in his freshman season — including 21.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 6.5 assists in the second half of the season, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
The Pistons are 7-22 and last in the Eastern Conference this season.