Drummond (nose) has been cleared to start working on his conditioning but hasn't participated in any contact drills since his sinus surgery, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Drummond underwent surgery to repair a deviated septum -- an injury he suffered in college -- in early May. It's seemingly still healing, considering the lack of contact work. There's currently no timetable for a return to full basketball activity, though it's probably safe to assume that he'll be good to go for training camp.
Drummond underwent surgery to repair a deviated septum that he suffered in college, Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports.
It seems doubtful that the deviated septum has affected his play at all over the past five years in the NBA, considering that he's waited this long to repair it. There should be no reason to believe he won't be fully healthy for any offseason workouts and/or training camp. Last season, Drummond averaged 13.6 points and 13.8 rebounds per game.
Drummond scored 11 points (4-7 FG, 3-10 FT) with 14 rebounds across 29 minutes in Wednesday's 105-102 loss to the Raptors.
On one hand Drummond knotched his 10th straight game with at least 10 rebounds, but on the other his overall production this season continues to slowly fizzle out along with the Pistons chances for a playoff spot. Detroit has won just two of their last 12 games, and the mammoth center has averaged just 8.8 points on 49 percent from the field and a truly dreadful 24.5 percent from the free throw line during that streak.
Drummond recorded seven points (3-6 FG, 1-4 FT), 13 rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and two steals over 31 minutes in Friday's 108-105 overtime loss to the Bucks.
While the 6-11 Drummond could practically grab 13 boards in his sleep, his downward trend in scoring has to be distressing to owners, as he's scored in double-digits only three times over the past 10 games. He's certainly in no danger of losing his starting role, but his utilization in the offense could be a sign that the Pistons have seen all they need to see from Drummond, and that he may no longer be worth the five-year $127 million contract they offered him in the offseason. With the playoffs out of reach, the Pistons will surely be making some changes in 2017, and one has to wonder if Drummond will end up being one of them. Start him with caution, although his rebound output makes him a worthwhile play in roto formats.
Drummond was limited to two points (0-1 FG, 2-4 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks across 29 minutes in a 90-89 win over the Nets on Thursday.
It's only the third time all season that Drummond made more free-throw attempts that shots from the field, and while the one shot is an abnormally low total given how many minutes he received, it's a reflection of his downsized role in the Pistons attack these days. Drummond has hit double figures in the scoring column in just seven of his last 10 games while the Pistons have slid down the Eastern Conference standings, calling into question whether he's truly the franchise center the team envisioned when they inked him to a five-year, $127.7 million contract last summer.
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