Griffin said Monday in an interview with Sage Steele for ESPN's "The Encore" web show that he's made a full recovery from the arthroscopic left knee surgery he underwent Jan. 7. "I feel great," Griffin said. "I've basically been cleared for a while now, I just have been stuck in my house. So, I'm ready to go whenever things pick back up. I'm just working out and trying to stay ready and stay sane." The 31-year-old was assumed to be out for the season when he had the procedure to address the nagging knee injury, but the NBA's two-month-long hiatus has given Griffin time to heal up and has provided him with a chance to play again if the 2019-20 campaign resumes at some point this summer. Due to the 20-46 Pistons' status as a non-contender, Griffin could still be held out for precautionary reasons when play resumes, but a decision on his status likely won't be determined until the coaching staff has a chance to evaluate him in full practices. Even if Griffin is given the green light to play, he would likely be on some sort of playing-time restriction.
Griffin (knee) is expected to be fully recovered by June, allowing him to go through a normal workout routine over the offseason without worrying about injury rehab, Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports. Griffin played just 18 games this season before being shut down for season-ending knee surgery. A rehab-free summer should help him as he heads into next season, but health can never be counted on for a player who has missed at least 15 games in five of the last six seasons, limiting him to just 52.3 games per season over that stretch.
The NBA has granted the Pistons a $9.26 million disabled player exception for Griffin, who is projected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing arthroscopic left knee surgery Jan. 7, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. As Bobby Marks of ESPN.com notes, the exception means that Griffin is technically eligible to return to game action June 15, but barring the 16-28 Pistons making the most improbable run to the NBA Finals in league history, Detroit's season will already be over by that time. This was always the expected outcome for Griffin, who previously required a scope for the same knee last spring and looked like a shell of himself in his 18 appearances this season before Detroit shut him down and had him go under the knife again. Griffin is expected to receive clearance ahead of training camp next fall, but given his checkered health record in addition to the fact that he'll turn 31 in March, his days as an All-Star-caliber player could be over.
Griffin underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday and will be out for "an extended rehabilitation period" Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com reports. Surgery has reportedly been on the table for Griffin for some time now, and the team decided to pull the trigger Tuesday. He's struggled to stay on the court so far this season, appearing in just 18 contests while shooting a dismal 35.2 percent from the field. A timetable for Griffin's return remains uncertain at this time. Christian Wood and Sekou Doumbouya are in line to see more opportunities in Griffin's absence.
Griffin (knee) will be evaluated by a specialist this week and is considering season-ending surgery, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports. Griffin is considering season-ending surgery on the same knee that was targeted in an offseason surgery and has continued to plague him throughout the season. The star forward has seen action in just 18 games and is averaging career-worsts in points, rebounds and field-goal percentage. Considering that Griffin's appointment won't come until later in the week, he can be considered out for Tuesday's tilt with Cleveland. In his absence, Sekou Doumbouya and Christian Wood should both continue to see expanded roles.
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