Yahoo Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton will undergo surgery to repair a torn hamstring and his status for this season is unclear, league sources told The Vertical. Middleton, 25, suffered the injury in workouts Tuesday and subsequent testing revealed the tear, sources said. He could miss a significant portion of the season and a final timetable will be set after surgery, sources said. Middleton averaged 18.2 points, 4.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 79 games last season. His injury is a significant loss to a Bucks roster that hoped for continued growth this season around Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, who signed a $100 million extension Monday, and Jabari Parker. The Bucks also signed wings Orlando Johnson and J.J. O’Brien to compete in training camp. Middleton is entering his fifth NBA season after being selected with the No. 39 pick in the 2012 NBA draft. He signed a five-year, $70 million contract in 2015.
This is an absolutely devastating injury for the Milwaukee Bucks, as a team that lacks shooting and floor spacing already has lost its best player at those two facets of the game, Khris Middleton tore his hamstring while working out on Tuesday and had to undergo surgery to repair the injury. There are conflicting reports on how long Middleton will be sidelined, but the Bucks star will almost certainly miss the early portion of the season, while other reports state that he will not return until around the All-Star break. The Bucks biggest weakness was shooting, and now they have lost their best shooter, which is an injury that could potentially derail the 2016-2017 season before it starts.