Brandon Jennings has targeted Christmas for his return from his Achilles injury since the summer, and he confirmed yesterday to Pistons beat writers that this is still when he hopes to rejoin the lineup. That puts his timetable at just three weeks.
Overall, Jennings' recovery time would be right at 11 months since going down Jan. 24 against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Prava88 wrote about Jennings making his way back, referencing the David Mayo article on MLive providing the update. Jennings has bulked up to 205 pounds over the summer and is focusing on strengthening the calf of his injured leg.
Stan Van Gundy has stuck with his conservative approach to Jennings' return, saying "It's hard to know because you don't know how quickly, all of a sudden, things could turn. It's not like it's imminent, his return now, let's put it that way."
If Jennings is ready to go by Christmas, a target game could be the Boston Celtics on Dec. 26. If it all works out, Jennings could still see up to 52 regular season games this year.
His return would be huge for a bench unit that has struggled mightily, especially at point guard. Steve Blake and Spencer Dinwiddie have combined for a 34/21/58 percent shooting line and the team has been a whopping -15 points per 100 possessions with Reggie Jackson off the floor.
UPDATE: Jennings is already at the blow by Steve Blake stage of his recovery, though I'm unsure how informative that is: