Pistons’ Leuer expected to be ready for season

Jon Leuer of the Pistons (30) is expected to be ready for the season after having knee surgery earlier this month.

Detroit Pistons power forward Jon Leuer is well on the way to recovery and is expected to be ready to play when the season tips off and perhaps as soon as the opening of training camp, according to a report by Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.

Leuer underwent surgery earlier this month to repair damaged meniscus in his right knee sustained during a workout.

The 6-foot-10, 228-pound Leuer played in only eight games for the Pistons last season after having season-ending surgery on his left ankle on Jan. 19. He had not played since Oct. 31, and while the injury wasn’t initially thought to be season-ending, it didn’t heal as had been hoped. He averaged 5.4 points and 4.0 rebounds in 17.0 minutes, shooting 41.7 percent from the field and 86.7 percent from the free-throw line.

Leuer, 29, was taken with the 40th overall selection in the 2011 draft by the Milwaukee Bucks out of the University of Wisconsin. In seven NBA seasons, Leuer has career averages of 6.7 points and 4.0 boards, with a shooting line of 47.8/33.5/76.9 in 16.5 minutes in 336 games (79 starts).

He has played for the Bucks, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Memphis Grizzlies, the Phoenix Suns and the Pistons in his career.

Leuer is entering the third year of a four-year, $41 million deal signed July 8, 2016. He will make $10,002,681 this season and $9,508,575 in the 2019-20 season.