Jerryd Bayless Injury: Updates on Bucks Guard's Ankle and Return

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist

Milwaukee Bucks guard Jerryd Bayless (19) attempts a shot as Dallas Mavericks guard Raymond Felton (2) and forward Zaza Pachulia (27) defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
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Milwaukee Bucks guard Jerryd Bayless suffered a sprained ankle against the San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 4 and had been out of the lineup ever since. However, he's ready to return.

Continue for updates.

Bayless Active vs. Hornets

Saturday, Jan. 16

The team announced Bayless is available to play against the Hornets.

Bayless Is Vital to Bucks' Backcourt Depth

Bayless was averaging a career-best 12.0 points per night this season heading into Jan. 4 and was shooting an impressive 43.6 percent from three-point range.

The Bucks have been one of the biggest disappointments in the league this year (14-21 before Jan. 4) after they battled the Chicago Bulls in last season’s playoffs and appeared to be primed for a jump in the standings, but the eight-year veteran has been one of the bright spots.

The Bucks don't want lingering health problems to limit them as they attempt to climb back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture, and getting Bayless back will go a long way toward improving their rotation.