Pistons veteran guard Chauncey Billups will have knee surgery to repair his right meniscus, sources told The Detroit News on Wednesday. Billups, 37, has been in and out of the lineup since early in the season, usually held out of back-to-back games to preserve his health. This injury isn’t thought to be season-ending or career-threatening. The recovery time on meniscus surgeries certainly vary, as younger guards Derrick Rose (Chicago), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City) and Eric Bledsoe (Phoenix) have all suffered from different forms of the same injury. Rose suffered the injury in November and will miss the rest of the season, Westbrook missed the remainder of the 2013 playoffs with a torn right meniscus and has had two more procedures since, being slated to return Thursday after being out since Dec. 27. Bledsoe has been out since Dec. 30 and the prognosis on his return looks optimistic in the coming weeks. Even though Billups is a much older player than those three, it’s believed the surgery won’t be as invasive and Billups should be back to playing in short order. “Not even close (to Rose and Westbrook),” one of the sources told The Detroit News. Billups signed a two-year, $5 million deal (2014-15 is a team option) this offseason to return to the Pistons, a franchise that gave him a shot in 2002 to lead a team. Billups then led the Pistons to the 2004 NBA championship, another Finals appearance a year later, and six straight trips to the Eastern Conference finals from 2003-08.
Pistons' Chauncey Billups to undergo knee surgery, sources say
Detroit News | Feb 20