Milwaukee Bucks swingman Khris Middleton suffered a torn left hamstring during a workout Tuesday and will require surgery that will keep him out for around six months.
Bucks general manager John Hammond released a statement, saying: “We’re obviously disappointed for Khris and for our team, but injuries are an unfortunate part of the game…We’ll rely on our overall roster depth to help us while Khris is out for a significant period of the season.”
Middleton was originally a second-round draft choice by the Detroit Pistons in 2012 out of Texas A&M. He played in just 27 games in his rookie year before being traded to Milwaukee in a deal for point guard Brandon Jennings. From there, Middleton took off.
He started all 79 games he played in last season, averaging a career-high 18.2 points and 3.8 assists per game to go along with 4.2 rebounds per contest.
Last July, Middleton signed a five-year, $70 million extension to stay in Milwaukee. Just yesterday, the Bucks inked teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo to a four-year, $100 million extension, locking up two cornerstones of their franchise for the long-term.
It didn’t take long after the news of Middleton going down for Milwaukee to launch a backup plan. Per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the team has already begun making inquires into potential deals for players that could fit the Bucks’ system of playing on the wing.
The team drafted rookie Malcolm Brogdon out of Virginia in this past year’s NBA Draft, and also has wings Orlando Johnson and Rashad Vaughn signed to contracts. Forward Mirza Teletovic could see more minutes as well to provide shooting.