Bucks Hopeful Khris Middleton Can Return in November

Bucks small forward Khris Middleton is expected to miss the first several weeks of the regular season as he recovers from wrist surgery, per Shams Charania and Eric Nehm of The Athletic.Khris Middleton

Middleton told reporters at media day he was expecting to miss at least the season opener after undergoing the surgery in the offseason. The Bucks are now hoping he is able to recover fully and play sometime in November, per Charania and Nehm.

Middleton, 31, is 6-foot-7 and a three-time All-Star, widely viewed as the Bucks’ best player behind Giannis Antetokounmpo. He missed the Bucks’ second-round playoff series against the Celtics with the injury.

Last season, Middleton averaged 20.1 points and 5.4 rebounds in 66 games, shooting 44 percent from the field. He has averaged at least 20 points in each of the past three seasons.

Originally selected by the Pistons in the second round of the 2012 draft, Middleton has spent all but his first season with the Bucks.

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