Pistons coach Lawrence Frank remains coy.

When asked several ways and manners Thursday afternoon about the status for rookie center Andre Drummond for Friday’s home game against the Raptors, a good-natured Frank declined to announce Drummond would play after missing 22 games with a stress fracture in his lower back.

He even mentioned the competitive advantage of keeping the Raptors in the dark about Drummond availability – despite the fact they will be eliminated from postseason consideration any day now.

“My man, you’re paid to win the game,” Frank said in invoking the words of former pro football coach Herm Edwards.

But signs point to a Drummond return. He has been a full participant in practices for nearly two weeks and while he is fully healed, they want to make sure his conditioning is right so he doesn’t suffer another injury.

Don’t be surprised if he starts alongside Greg Monroe, who would move to power forward, although his minutes will gradually increase through the rest of the season.

“He’s definitely playing above the rim, moving around very well,” Monroe said. “He’s definitely, from what I see, it looks like he’s fully healed.

“He’s been taking full contact, running the floor, doing everything he was before he got hurt.”