Pistons' Andre Drummond Ruled out vs. Kings with Facial Injuries

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2020

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Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond will miss the team's game Wednesday against the Sacramento Kings because of facial injuries he suffered against the Washington Wizards Monday, per Keith Langlois of Pistons.com. 

According to Langlois, Drummond "lost a tooth and gashed his lip" in the team's 106-100 loss to the Wizards. He saw a dentist but "the lip was too swollen to make repairs." 

Drummond suffered the injury late in the fourth quarter while going up for a rebound. Washington's Thomas Bryant, also going up for the board, accidentally caught him in the face with a flailing arm. 

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After the game, Drummond and his head coach, Dwane Casey, weren't pleased that a foul wasn't called:

It's been a tough season for Drummond and the Pistons. The team is just 16-28 and it appears their best player, Blake Griffin, is out for the season:

The Pistons are still just three games out of the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, so all is not lost. But there will be plenty of interest around the NBA in veterans like Drummond and Derrick Rose, and it wouldn't be shocking if the Pistons were sellers come February. 

Another factor Detroit could consider is that Drummond has a $28.7 million player option for next season, a figure he'll probably decline to become a free agent. It's possible that Detroit could lose him in free agency without obtaining any assets in return. 

The 26-year-old is having another solid season, averaging 17.3 points, 15.7 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks per game, shooting 53.1 percent from the field. He'll have suitors if the Pistons decide to make him available. 

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