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Pistons coach Dwane Casey updates Cade Cunningham’s status ahead of Detroit’s road trip

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Detroit Pistons fans are going to have to wait a bit longer to see 2021 No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham make his NBA debut.

Cunningham, who is still recovering from a sprained ankle, will not accompany the Pistons on their upcoming three-game road trip, according to head coach Dwayne Casey.

“He’s working. He’s day-to-day, I’m not going to put a timetable on it,” Casey said Friday, via Omari Sankofa II of the Detroit Free Press. “He’s going to stay here and work while we’re on this trip and make sure he goes through the steps to be ready to play when he’s ready to play.”

As Sankofa noted, Pistons general manager Troy Weaver hinted that Cunningham would make his first appearance at home on Saturday, Oct. 30 against the Orlando Magic, the team’s game at Little Caesars Arena.

“He’s pretty much day-to-day, but we need to ramp him up and get some conditioning going and get him acclimated to going full speed at five-on-five,” Weaver said earlier in the week on the “Stoney & Jansen Show” on WXYT-FM 97.1 The Ticket. “Hopefully we’ll get him back sooner than later, but I would anticipate hopefully seeing him when we get back off the road.”

Detroit will hit the road to face the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, and the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday, Oct. 28.

Without Cunningham, the Pistons lost their opening game, 94-88, to the Bulls at home this past Wednesday.

The Pistons initially labeled Cunningham’s training camp injury as a “minor ankle sprain” — though that was three weeks ago. He missed all four of Detroit’s warm-up contests.