LAS VEGAS — Milwaukee Bucks All-Star forward Khris Middleton underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist in early July and is expected to be fully recovered to return toward the start of the regular season, sources told ESPN. tuesday.
Middleton, who turns 31 next month, averaged 20.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 66 games with Milwaukee last season and was selected to his third All-Star Game. He helped lead the Bucks – alongside two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday – to the 2020-21 NBA Championship.
Middleton missed Milwaukee’s final 10 playoff games last spring after sustaining a medial collateral ligament sprain in his left knee in Game 2 of the Bucks’ first-round series with the Chicago Bulls.
Milwaukee then lost in seven games to eventual Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics in the second round.
This offseason, the Bucks re-signed forward Bobby Portis and guards Wesley Matthews and Jevon Carter and added veteran swingman Joe Ingles to a one-year contract. Ingles is unlikely to be ready to start the season after suffering a torn ACL in January while still with Utah.
Milwaukee suffered a series of injuries throughout the 2021-22 season, including center Brook Lopez, who missed most of the regular season after undergoing back surgery.