Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham — the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA draft — plans to have left shin surgery at the end of the season, sources told ESPN Monday.
Cunningham, who has been sidelined since November 9, has consulted with several doctors in recent weeks and ultimately decided with the Pistons and his representatives at Excel Sports to undergo a procedure which he is expected to undergo before training camp for 2023- 24 season will fully recover, sources said.
It took Cunningham a month to see if rest and rehabilitation would allow the shin to improve, but made the decision on Monday to proceed with the end-of-season procedure.
Cunningham 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 voted a first-team all-rookie a season ago.
Cunningham, the top Oklahoma State 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 his second half of the season, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
The Pistons are 7-22 and bottom in the Eastern Conference this season.
https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/35240547/sources-pistons-cade-cunningham-season-ending-surgery Pistons’ Cade Cunningham to have season-ending surgery