Coach Dwane Casey said Tuesday that the Pistons will take their time with Cunningham (ankle), Omari Sankof of the Detroit Free Press reports. "We're not going to rush Cade back," Casey said. "When he comes back, it doesn't mean we're going to throw him out there and see what happens. He's too valuable for us."

The implication is that Cunningham is still not ready to return to full-contact work, so it's safe to rule him out of Wednesday's preseason game against the Knicks. That leaves just one more opportunity (Friday vs. PHI) for the No. 1 overall pick to gain some preseason experience, but at this point Cunningham playing in the exhibition finale seems unlikely. With the regular season just a week away, it's fair to question whether Cunningham could miss a game or two to begin his rookie season.

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