Leuer appeared in only eight games during the 2017-18 season with Detroit, averaging 5.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
Leuer underwent season-ending ankle surgery in January as his ankle was hampering him all season. The former Wisconsin star will look to recapture his production from his 2016-17 season when he averaged a career high 10.2 points over 75 games. Leuer is currently the fourth-highest paid Piston and will be entering the second season of his four-year, $42 million contract.
Leuer was seen taking light jump shots following a team shootaround, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
This is the first word of Leuer's progression following his season-ending ankle surgery, which occurred in mid-January. Prior to the injury, Leuer had appeared in eight games, posting 5.4 points and 4.0 rebounds across 17.0 minutes. He'll presumably have the same role next season, though the team has changed a bit with Blake Griffin now on the team and Tobias Harris in LA.
Van Gundy acknowledged that Leuer, who hasn't played since Oct. 31 due to the injury, isn't progressing in his recovery as the team had hoped over the last two-plus months. While likely season-ending surgery remains a possibility for Leuer, he'll see if another injection can effectively addressing the lingering soreness and enable him to return to the court later during the campaign. Given his lengthy layoff from on-court action, Leuer probably remains multiple weeks away from appearing in games even if the injection has its desired effect.
Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said Wednesday that Leuer (ankle) could require surgery if the big man's condition doesn't improve over the next two weeks, Dana Gauruder of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Leuer has been sidelined since Oct. 31 with the left ankle sprain and received a joint lubrication injection a month ago to ease the lingering pain he had been experiencing. He was projected to be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks after receiving a second opinion following the injection, but with the low end of that timetable having come to pass and Leuer having yet to make notable progress, it's looking likely that surgical intervention may be necessary. Any procedure could spell an end to Leuer's season, thereby locking Anthony Tolliver, Eric Moreland and Boban Marjanovic into rotation roles in the frontcourt the rest of the way.
Leuer is slated to get an injection in his left ankle and his timetable for return has been updated to 3-to-5 weeks, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.
Leuer was originally given a 2-to-4 week timetable for a return, so this merely opens the opportunity for Leuer to potentially miss an extra week of action. With that said, Leuer will likely be targeting a return in early January, so he'll be out for the foreseeable future. Without Leuer, Tobias Harris is getting all the minutes he can handle, with Anthony Tolliver playing a slightly larger role in the frontcourt as well.
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