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Carlos Delfino Injury: Updates on Bucks Guard's Foot Surgery, Likely Return Date

ST. FRANCIS, WI - SEPTEMBER 30: Carlos Delfino
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Tim KeeneyContributor INovember 11, 2013

Fans in Milwaukee will have to wait until the 2014-15 season to see Carlos Delfino play another NBA game in a Bucks jersey. 

According to Delfino's website, via BucksBasketball.com, the newly signed small forward, who was already rehabbing from foot surgery in May, will have another surgery and miss four to six months:

According to his own website, Carlos Delfino will miss the entire 2013-14 season due to an unhealed foot fracture.

Delfino will now need a new procedure to tend to the break, after which he will require another four- to six-month recuperation period.

Delfino underwent the original surgery in May, and the Bucks signed him two months later. At the time of the surgery, it was thought that the recovery would last four to six months, so it was expected all along that he would miss the start of training camp. When training camp opened, though, Delfino surprised most in attendance by showing up in a walking boot. He said the boot was needed after a recent setback in his rehabilitation.

Delfino, who spent 2009-2012 with the Bucks, played in 67 games with the Houston Rockets last season, averaging 10.6 points and 2.4 three-pointers made per contest. 

Not only was he expected to stretch the floor, but he is a fan favorite who would have brought a nice veteran presence off the bench for an almost completely new-look Bucks team. 

In his stead, Caron Butler will continue to start at small forward and play over 30 minutes per game, while Khris Middleton will get plenty of run off the bench. 

As the season progresses, this could also open up more time for tantalizing rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo. 

Delfino is signed for the 2014-15 season and has a team option for the next year. He is making $3.25 million per campaign. 

 

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