The Milwaukee Bucks have one of the most exciting young cores in the NBA, and after a disappointing 2015-2016 campaign, were expected to make a big leap in the coming season. But now a major injury to one of their key players has put all that in question. According to the team’s official statement, Khris Middleton tore his hamstring in a pre-camp workout earlier this week and will likely miss a large portion of the season. Via NBA.com:
Milwaukee Bucks guard Khris Middleton suffered a left hamstring injury in preseason workouts that will require surgery, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Middleton is expected to be sidelined for approximately six months, with surgery planned in the next week.
“We’re obviously disappointed for Khris and our team, but injuries are an unfortunate part of the game,” said Hammond. “We’ll rely on our overall roster depth to help us while Khris is out for a significant period of the season.”
Middleton is an immense talent and one of the league’s most underrated players. His absence will make life difficult on the Bucks and their playoff hopes, but they still have plenty to be optimistic about. Earlier this week, they signed Giannis Antetokounmpo to a four-year, $100 million deal. Middleton’s injury could also open up an opportunity for Jabari Parker, who is still trying to find his niche.