Pistons’ Gbinije out of summer league with ankle injury

Rod Beard
The Detroit News
Michael Gbinije

Orlando, Fla. — The summer is bringing out the bugs — and it’s not just the mosquitoes.

The injury bug is becoming an issue for the Pistons in summer league play, as they’ve lost another of their young backcourt players for the rest of the week.

Second-round draft pick Michael Gbinije suffered a right ankle injury in Sunday’s practice and the team announced Monday he will miss the remainder of summer league. Gbinije had 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the opener on Saturday against the Knicks.

It’s a setback for Gbinije, who said he landed on a teammate’s foot in practice and was kept out of the rest of the session on Sunday as a precaution. He said there was some pain and he couldn’t put a lot of weight on it later that afternoon and it was diagnosed as a sprain.

Gbinije was projected to be an option as the third point guard and was getting a look as a possible backup to Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith, but the Pistons may have to hold off those plans until training camp.

The Pistons also lost second-year guard Darrun Hilliard on Friday for all of summer league because of a stress fracture in his back. How long Hilliard will be out is unclear, but he was expected to have a bigger role this season, after the trade of Jodie Meeks to the Orlando Magic last week.

Lorenzo Brown, who has a non-guaranteed contract for next season, likely will get another opportunity to solidify his spot as the third option at point guard.