Milwaukee Bucks All-Star forward Khris Middleton underwent successful right knee surgery shortly after the playoffs to address issues that plagued him last season, league sources say. The Athletic.
Middleton, 31, is expected to make a full recovery from minor arthroscopic surgery and should be back on the court in July. A cleanup procedure on his right knee was planned and scheduled before the end of the season, sources said.
Middleton averaged 15.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 24.3 minutes per game in 33 games last season, and went up to 23.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 34.6 minutes per game against the Heat in the first round of the playoffs. I increased that number. However, he struggled with right knee problems throughout the 2022-23 season.
After surgery on his left wrist last offseason, Middleton missed the first 20 games of the season as he waited for his wrist to heal and worked to get back in shape. Middleton returned on December 2, 2022 and appeared in six of his next seven games, missing 18 straight games with a sore right knee.
At the time, Middleton said: The Athletic He said he was dealing with the after effects of a sprained left ankle and blisters on both feet, but it was the pain in his right knee that overwhelmingly sidelined him.
“I mean, it’s not that crazy,” Middleton said in mid-January. “It’s kind of what I’ve been dealing with every summer to get my strength back for the season. After a long break, I’m just getting my knee used to running, jumping, force and contact. .
“I know it’s kind of vague, but that’s the truth. I just couldn’t get rid of the swelling or anything like that. My legs weren’t strong or conditioned enough to handle it.”
It’s been an important offseason for Middleton and the Bucks. Middleton has a player option worth $40.4 million for the 2023-24 season and must make a decision on that option by June 21.
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