Pistons’ Jon Leuer to have season-ending ankle surgery
Auburn Hills — Pistons forward Jon Leuer tried to exhaust every option before he gave in. He reached the end of the line on Thursday.
After suffering a sprained ankle on Oct. 31, the symptoms worsened, as an exam revealed bone fragments and other issues. Leuer has missed the last 35 games and has decided to have season-ending ankle surgery, he told The Detroit News on Friday.
Leuer, 28, has scheduled the procedure to remove bone fragments for next Friday and will have a four-month rehabilitation process.
“It’s extremely frustrating. Disappointing, anger, all those emotions ... we were trying to do whatever we could to avoid this,” Leuer told The News. “I knew even a month and a half ago when I saw the specialist that he kind of suggested this right away, but we wanted to see if we could try to manage the pain and hopefully get through the season.
“As I tried to progress, time and time again, I never even got really close to being able to practice or do full basketball activities.”
Leuer was projected to be a major part of the Pistons’ rotation, but played in only eight games, posting 5.4 points and 4 rebounds.
The Pistons have applied to the NBA for a disabled-player exception, which could give them about $5 million — about half of Leuer’s salary — is cap relief. Leuer’s medical records will have to be examined by an independent league-appointed doctor, who will make a recommendation to the league.