Jackson is having his troublesome left knee treated with the injection as well, so he'll spend the next 6-to-8 weeks recovering from both ailments. The knee is considered the more pressing issue, though Jackson was hampered by the thumb for much of last season, and the discomfort lingered into training camp. At this point, the Pistons are hoping to have Jackson back sometime in late November or early December. In the meantime, the Pistons have reportedly been shopping for another point guard, though it's unclear if they're intent on making a move. Ish Smith is currently penciled in as the opening night starter.
Jackson (knee) said Sunday that he's hopeful to return to action in late November or early December, Aaron McMann of MLive.com reports.
Jackson isn't even expected to be cleared for basketball activities for four-to-six weeks, but the late-November date aligns with the six-to-eight week timetable initially pegged for his return. He's decided to treat his left knee tendinitis with platelet-rich plasma injections rather than undergoing surgery, which means he'll spend the start of the regular season going through a heavy dose of rest and recovery. Ish Smith is expected to open the season with the top unit and should be owned in most fantasy leagues while he remains in a starting role.
Jackson is choosing to treat his knee tendinitis with platelet-rich plasma injections, Aaron McCann of MLive.com reports.
Instead of choosing to go under the knife to treat his ailing knee, Jackson will be treated with PRP-injections, the same non-surgical procedure he underwent in 2011 to deal with the same problem. While the 26-year-old point guard is still expected to miss 6-8 weeks, he'll effectively avoid a much longer rehab stay by undergoing a non-invasive treatment process.
It was reported earlier Wednesday that Jackson could be forced to miss an extended period of time due to the existing knee tendinitis, an issue that he's played through for much of his professional career. While it was determined that Jackson would be able to avoid a lengthier setback by skipping out on surgery, Van Gundy confirmed that the point guard would still be forced to the sideline for the start of the regular season. With Jackson out of commission, Ish Smith, who served as the 76ers' primary starter at point guard last season, will now enter the top unit for his new team. The Pistons are expected to determine a course of treatment for Jackson within the next few days, after which a clearer timetable could be solidified.
Jackson has been limited by tendinitis in his left knee for a little over a week, and the Pistons' level of concern has now been raised to the point that they're reportedly combing the market for potential help at point guard. It's unclear who, exactly, Detroit would target, but it's unlikely the Pistons would be willing to give up a major piece considering Jackson is expected to return at some point this season. As of now, assuming Jackson does miss time, Ish Smith is in position to benefit most. Expect further news on Jackson's health to come about throughout the preseason, but the Pistons' existing concerns make it difficult to invest an early-round pick in the 26-year-old. For what it's worth, Jackson said that he's been managing knee tendinitis dating back to his time with the Thunder, but has only missed 10 total games over the last three years.
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