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Real reason why Cade Cunningham is still not playing for Pistons, per Dwane Casey

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The Detroit Pistons are still waiting to see their prized rookie Cade Cunningham make his debut, but fans shouldn’t expect to see him in the next couple games or so.

Cunningham would have already played by now if it’s up to him, but as Pistons head coach Dwane Casey said, he is not yet at 100 percent. In fact, there are times he is still feeling sore whenever he makes certain movements.

“He wants to play; the medical people are holding him back. You don’t want to rush him back if it’s not 100%. There are certain movements he has where it’s still sore,” Casey said of their No. 1 pick from the 2021 NBA Draft, per Rod Beard of The Detroit News.

Cade Cunningham suffered a minor ankle injury early in training camp, causing him to miss full participation during their practices. He also didn’t play in their first preseason games, with reports stating that it could take time before he makes his debut.

As reported earlier as well, Cunningham has been ruled out in the Pistons’ three-game road trip which kicked off Saturday against the Chicago Bulls. Detroit will play the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers next before returning home.

Cunningham is expected to finally suit up when the team returns home and hosts the Orlando Magic next Saturday, October 30. However, as Casey said it, the 20-year-old will have to get the green-light from their medical personnel first before even thinking of making his official NBA debut.