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That trade rumor was only partially true. The Pistons had agreed to a deal that would have sent Richard Hamilton along with another player to the New Jersey Nets in a trade that also would have sent Carmelo Anthony to New Jersey. But that second Pistons player was in fact DaJuan Summers, not White. Still, that moment surprised White. The rest of the season has been relatively uneventful for the rookie guard who broke his right foot Oct. 5 during the preseason opener against the Miami Heat. He has spent most of his time working with strength and conditioning coach Arnie Kander to rehabilitate the injury.
Guard Terrico White has not played for the Detroit Pistons. But he has had at least one interesting moment during his rookie season. That took place while he watched television before the trade deadline. “I was just sitting around watching ESPN and I saw my name,” White said Thursday after practice. “I was like, ‘Whoa. I haven’t even played yet and I’m injured’ — and my name was in the trade.”
Detroit Pistons rookie guard Terrico White participated fully in practice Tuesday for the first time since breaking his foot Oct. 5 in the first game of the preseason. “He had a nice practice,” Pistons coach John Kuester said. “He had good presence on the court. He made shots first of all – that’s the thing that opened a lot of guys’ eyes. But he made on-time, on-target passes. That was pretty impressive.”
Unfortunately, the Pistons left Miami with more than just bruised egos. According to reports, second-year forward Jonas Jerebko tore his Achilles’ tendon and could miss five months, and rookie guard Terrico White fractured his right foot and is sidelined indefinitely. Jerebko’s injury is the most disconcerting. A second-round pick out of Sweden last year, Jerebko surprised everyone by not just carving out a significant spot in the rotation but also leading the team in starts. He averaged 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in 27.9 minutes a game, seeing time at both forward spots.
Besides mechanical tweaks – mostly involving tightening up White’s ballhandling – Wilson focused more on White’s mind-set in their summer work, attempting to instill in him the instinct to maintain an aggressive nature. “That’s the main thing with Terrico,” Wilson said. “When he’s aggressive, he’s dynamic. He’s something else when he’s aggressive. He has tremendous ability to score the basketball. His mid-range game is really nice. He can get to a spot quick, two dribbles, and his elevation is great with a 42-inch vertical. But the thing about Terrico is he’s really, really, really never been pushed before. Now he’s in the NBA and he’ll really get pushed. I think you’re going to see great things out of him.”
The Pistons were pleased with several aspects of White’s Summer League performance. He split time between point and shooting guard and turned the ball over just four times in 130 minutes, displayed a nice shooting stroke and impressed with his ability to take sideline instructions out to the floor. Wilson, though not disappointed by White’s Summer League experience, says it wasn’t an accurate reflection of what the Pistons landed with the draft’s 36th pick. “He played really safe in Summer League,” Wilson said. “We didn’t necessarily know what the Pistons wanted out of him, whether they wanted him to be the scoring point guard or just facilitate. We were in that gray area. Just be safe. He didn’t do much to hurt himself out there. He handled the ball well, he was solid, he distributed well. He did a good job, but he could have done a lot more. “I worked with him through the draft process and saw something different every day. Did you see all he could do in Las Vegas? Not even close. He’s a quiet kid, no expression. He’s the type of kid that will drop 50 points on you and won’t say a word. A humble Southern kid but a great talent. It’s all about keeping him aggressive and that’s what I focus on – just keeping him aggressive, keep him on edge.”