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Pistons’ Cunningham reportedly to have season-ending shin surgery

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SACRAMENTO, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Cade Cunningham #2 of the Detroit Pistons looks on during the game against the Sacramento Kings on November 20, 2022 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

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This news is not surprising — Cade Cunningham has missed the Pistons’ last 17 games and reports of him considering surgery were already circulating — but it is a little depressing.

Cunningham will have season-ending surgery on his left shin, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Cunningham, who has been sidelined since Nov. 9, consulted with multiple doctors in recent weeks and ultimately decided with the Pistons and his representatives at Excel Sports to undergo a procedure that’s expected to have him fully recovered ahead of training camp for the 2023-24 season, sources said.

Cunningham reportedly had a stress fracture in his shin that rest did not heal, but surgery ends his season, as Jeff Stotts of In Street Clothes noted earlier.

The No.1 overall pick in 2021, Cunningham has an impressive rookie season and started this season hot — 19.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and six assists a game – until the shin pain forced him to the sidelines.

This could make the Pistons more likely to trade Bojan Bogdanovic and other veterans as they focus on putting themselves in a strong position for a stacked draft next June with Victor Wembanyama, Scoot Henderson, Nick Smith, Amen Thompson and more.