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Pistons’ Jon Leuer undergoes surgery for meniscus injury

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AUBURN HILLS, MI - DECEMBER 26: Jon Leuer #30 of the Detroit Pistons reacts while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Palace of Auburn Hills on December 26, 2016 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. 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 License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Unwilling to the pay the luxury tax, the Pistons let quietly productive Anthony Tolliver leave for the Timberwolves. That left a couple options for a stretch big behind Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond in Detroit:

  • Jon Leuer, a 29-year-old who missed 74 games last season due to injury
  • Henry Ellenson, a former first-round pick who has done little in two NBA seasons

Those choices look even thinner now.

Pistons release:

Veteran forward/center Jon Leuer underwent successful surgery on Wednesday, August 8 in New York in relation to a right medial meniscus injury that occurred during an offseason workout earlier this week.

Leuer will begin the rehabilitation process immediately and his return to full basketball activity will be updated prior to the start of training camp.

The severity of meniscus injuries can vary significantly. Leuer’s injury history is not encouraging.

This puts pressure on Ellenson to be rotation-worthy. If he’s not ready, perhaps Stanley Johnson can play some small-ball four.

But the Pistons, seemingly near the playoff border, lose margin for error.