Head coach Stan Van Gundy won’t guarantee the 25-year-old minutes following an 11-month layoff due to an Achilles tendon rupture.
Jennings sounds prepared to compete with veteran guard Steve Blake for burn.
Per the Detroit Free Press:
And one day after his first action in 11 months — Saturday night’s Development League stint with the Pistons’ affiliate in Grand Rapids — Jennings said he’s cool with competition. […] “If I’ve got to earn my second spot, then let’s practice for it,” Jennings said Sunday after practicing with the Pistons. “Let’s go play for a spot. I’m with it. I’m up for it.”
Quietly, veteran Steve Blake has played well since a poor start. When starting point guard Reggie Jackson was plagued by foul trouble in the first half of Friday night’s four-overtime victory at Chicago, Blake did a great job keeping the team afloat. […] He is shooting 38% from three-point range since a 1-for-11 start to the season. And the team has won eight of 11 games.
“I don’t think at this point I would play him ahead of Steve,” Van Gundy said.