The Pistons assigned Grant (thumb) to the G League's Motor City Cruise on Monday to resume on-court work, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports. Detroit isn't yet offering up a timeline for Grant's return, but his ability to get on the court following Dec. 16 right thumb surgery can be viewed as a promising sign. Because he's been shut down for the past month, Grant will likely need multiple practices with both the G League affiliate and the NBA team to regain full conditioning, but his return date will ultimately hinge on when his surgically repaired thumb has completely healed. Whenever Grant makes his return to the lineup, Hamidou Diallo is expected to move back into a bench role.
Head coach Dwane Casey said Tuesday that Grant (thumb) has resumed working out in the gym, but the Pistons don't have a clear timeline for him to return to the lineup, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports. Grant hasn't played since Dec. 10 due to a sprained right thumb that required surgery. The veteran forward doesn't appear to be dealing with any setbacks in his recovery, but the Pistons aren't planning on re-evaluating him for another two weeks before potentially offering up a target date for his return. Hamidou Diallo is expected to continue to stick in a starting role for the duration of Grant's absence.
Grant will be re-evaluated in six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn UCL in his right thumb Friday, Omari Sankofa II of the Detroit Free Press reports. Grant was ruled out for at least six weeks when the thumb sprain was announced by the Pistons last weekend, so it doesn't appear the procedure may not significantly alter his recovery timeline. The 27-year-old will be re-evaluated in early February and may be sidelined for a few weeks thereafter, depending on his progress.
The Pistons announced Sunday that Grant has been diagnosed with a UCL sprain of his right thumb and will be re-evaluated in six weeks. Grant suffered the injury in the second quarter of Friday's 109-93 loss to the Pelicans after he fell to the court and landed on the thumb of his shooting hand. Since the six-week mark represents a check-in point for Grant rather than the end of his recovery timeline, his absence could extend past the All-Star break in mid-February. With its top scorer (20.1 points per game) now out of commission indefinitely, the Pistons will likely turn to a collection of players to fill the usage void. Cade Cunningham and Saddiq Bey are the most likely candidates to pace Detroit in scoring while Grant is out, while Trey Lyles should be locked into a 20-plus-minute role in the frontcourt, at least until Kelly Olynyk (knee) returns from his own injury.
Grant has suffered torn ligaments in his right thumb and will be out indefinitely, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Grant suffered the injury in Friday's loss to the Pelicans after landing awkwardly on his thumb in the first quarter. He remained in the game but was showing some struggles from the floor. The news of Grant's injury is a devastating loss for the Pistons, as the 27-year-old is the team's leading scorer with 20.1 points per game. The team provided an update saying that grant will be re-evaluated in six weeks by the medical staff before a more firm timetable is established. Trey Lyles will likely slide into the starting lineup in his place while Josh Jackson and Hamidou Diallo could also be in line for some extended minutes.
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