Reggie Bullock has opted for surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and will miss the next 2-to-4 months, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.
Bullock tore his meniscus against the Miami Heat on Nov. 23. As we outlined after his injury, there were three routes Bullock could opt for. A year-long repair, a meniscus removal with faster recovery or a partial removal that recently kept Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe out 2.5 months.
Considering the announced timetable for Bullock’s return, it appears he went with door No. 3.
That doesn’t mean, however, that Bullock will be back in 10 weeks. I’m sure Bullock the player will want to return as soon as possible to help his team, but he has some tough decisions to make.
Bullock, an impending restricted free agent, has only played a total of 1,204 minutes in his career, including 429 last season in Detroit and 42 minutes this season. He’s shown flashes of being a valuable 3-and-D wing player, but never for a prolonged stretch.
Bullock needs to decide if it would be better to get back on the floor and risk reinjury or playing at less than 100 percent in an effort to show Detroit and other teams what he can do, or he can opt to take it slow and ensure he is fully healed as he enters restricted free agency and hopes to attract interest.
Bullock had just made his way into Detroit’s rotation as the team was searching for offense off the bench. He played four games and averaged 4 points and 1.3 rebounds in 10.4 minutes per game.