Since his arrival in Detroit in 2014, it’s been setback after setback for reserve shooting guard Jodie Meeks.
Now, after recovering from a broken foot only to succumb a shoulder injury before he had a chance to make his return, Meeks’ 2015-16 season appears to have come to an end.
Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy admitted the shooting guard isn’t expected to be game-ready by the end of the season.
Van Gundy was asked that question after Monday morning’s shoot-around to prepare for the Bucks.
Van Gundy was quick with an answer.
“No, I don’t,” Van Gundy said. “Unfortunately.”
Meeks played in just two games this season before suffering a Jones fracture in his left foot on Oct. 28 against the Utah Jazz.
The break, notoriously slow to heal due to poor blood circulation in that particular region of the foot, was expected to hold Meeks out for three to four months. However, as he appeared to be nearing a return close to the mid-February All-Star break, a routine check-up revealed the break had not fully healed, halting his rehabilitation effort and pushing back his return.
Now, after finally returning to practice within the last few weeks, Meeks has once again been shelved, this time with a shoulder injury.
Meeks’ most recent malady may not bode well for his long-term status with the Pistons. In addition to missing 22 games with a back injury last season, Meeks has spent more time off the court than on during his stay in Detroit. In just 62 games for the Pistons, Meeks is averaging 10.7 points while shooting 34.9 percent from three.
Now, with the Pistons increasingly relying upon other options for their reserve backcourt—including Reggie Bullock and Stanley Johnson—Meeks and the one year remaining on his three-year, $19 million deal may become expendable this summer.