LAS VEGAS — Milwaukee Bucks All-Star forward Khris Middleton underwent surgery in early July to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist and is expected to make a full recovery to return sometime near the start of the regular season. times, sources told ESPN on 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 the Bucks — along with two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday — to the 2020-21 NBA Championship.
Middleton missed the last 10 games of Milwaukee’s playoff run last spring after spraining his medial collateral ligament in his left knee in Game 2 of the Bucks’ first round with the Chicago Bulls.
Milwaukee lost in the second round to eventual Eastern Conference champions Boston Celtics in seven games.
This off-season, the Bucks re-signed Bobby Portis and guards Wesley Matthews and Jevon Carter and added veteran swingman Joe Ingles to a one-year deal. Ingles is unlikely to be ready to start the season after suffering a torn ACL in January while still with Utah.
Milwaukee suffered a string of injuries during the 2021-22 season, including center Brook Lopez, who missed most of the regular season after back surgery.