AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Detroit Pistons shooting guard Jodie Meeks is expected to miss about eight weeks because of a stress reaction of his lower back.
The Pistons announced the injury Tuesday. It was discovered following a CT scan Monday.
"It's a big loss," Coach Stan Van Gundy said after Tuesday's practice. "Coming out of camp and through that first preseason game, I came out feeling good about that position over the first eight or nine days. I thought with our three big guys, our point guard spot is pretty settled, I was feeling pretty good."
Meeks signed a $19.5 million, three-year deal with the Pistons this offseason. He was diagnosed with back spasms last week and had additional testing done because of continuing discomfort.
Before the extent of Meeks' injury was known, Van Gundy told Pistons.com that the former University of Kentucky star had made a good impression on the coaching staff.
"He's a guy who can really score," Van Gundy said. "He's not just a spot-up shooter. He knows how to score. He can make plays coming off screens, plays at a high energy level, knows how to draw fouls. He's a very good offensive player. He's a capable defender that can get even better. I think he's really good."
Meeks started 70 games last season, averaged a career-high 15.7 points and shot 40 percent from three-point range for the Los Angeles Lakers.
He's the second Detroit guard to go down with an injury recently. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is dealing with a left knee strain, although the team said an MRI showed no structural damage.