Cade Cunningham getting surgery, to miss rest of Detroit Pistons season

Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham will undergo surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left shin, a league source confirmed to the Free Press on Monday. Cunningham is expected to make a full recovery, but the procedure will end his season after 12 games.

Cunningham, the No. 1 overall pick in 2021, entered his second season with high expectations, but the stress fracture caused him to miss 17 games. He last played against the Boston Celtics on Nov. 9 and looked limited during the 16-point loss, finishing with four points on 1-for-11 shooting, two assists and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham on the bench during action against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022 at Little Caesars Arena.

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The Pistons initially ruled Cunningham out for five games in mid-November to give the soreness in his shin a chance to subsidize. But the medical staff suspected a stress fracture was the cause of his soreness, which gave Cunningham a difficult decision to make: Treat it with rest or have surgery? Rest would’ve allowed him to potentially return sooner but was also less of a guarantee to fully heal the stress fracture. Cunningham ended up taking the lengthier route, which will prematurely end his season but hopefully — for him and the Pistons — solve his shin issues.

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