Rajon Rondo is out for the year with a torn ACL, according to multiple media reports.
Rondo was probably the best player on a struggling Boston Celtics team and the news opens up a lot of questions for Boston.
Are they going to go into full tank mode? Will they try and replace Rondo with quality talent and make a run for the playoffs? Should they trade Paul Pierce?
There will be plenty of ink spilled about how this affects the Celtics but I'm more concerned with how it affects the Detroit Pistons.
It means one less hurdle for the Pistons in their playoff push. Detroit currently sit in the 10th spot in the Eastern Conference and four games back of the eighth-seeded Celtics and two games behind the Philadelphia 76ers.
But it also means that Detroit loses a possible trade partner. Even worse, it is one less team that looked like it might be desperate to add some quality rotation pieces in a playoff push.
The odds of the Pistons making the playoffs are small but with Atlanta struggling, Philadelphia still without Andrew Bynum and Boston now without Rondo, I suppose it makes a little more sense to consider the possibility.