After more than two months on the shelf because of an ankle injury, Milwaukee Bucks point guard Greivis Vasquez's return is reportedly on the horizon.
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Vasquez Reveals Timetable for Return
Saturday, Feb. 13
According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, Vasquez expects to be back in action in three to four weeks.
The 29-year-old veteran underwent surgery to remove a bone spur in his right ankle in December.
Vasquez, who was a 2010 first-round pick of the Memphis Grizzlies, was averaging 7.1 points and 4.4 assists per game in 16 contests off the bench for the Bucks before landing on the shelf.
Vasquez is in the midst of his sixth NBA season, having previously enjoyed stints with the Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings and Toronto Raptors.
His career averages sit at 9.1 points and 4.9 assists per game, although he enjoyed a career year in 2012-13 that saw him put up 13.9 points and nine assists per tilt in New Orleans.
Although he has struggled to reach those levels since, he is a quality depth player who the Bucks have certainly missed.
The former Maryland standout is set to hit free agency this offseason and could be trade bait if a team believes he will be back in time this season to make a significant impact down the stretch.
When asked about playing for the Bucks in January, though, Vasquez had nothing but great things to say about the organization, per Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
I didn't want to (have surgery) at times, but I knew I needed it for my career. The team has been supporting me, and the coaching staff and the medical staff.
It's a really class franchise. As a player, you get lucky sometimes, and I'm real lucky and blessed. Everything they're doing for me here is unbelievable.
Milwaukee was a hot pick to make noise in the Eastern Conference this season due to its young talent, but it has been extremely inconsistent and has posted a record of 22-32 thus far.
Poor play in the backcourt has contributed to that, especially Michael Carter-Williams, who has disappointed to the tune of 11.5 points and 5.5 assists per game.
Vasquez could provide the Bucks with a spark when he ultimately returns to the lineup, but with the Eastern Conference being much better as a whole this season and Milwaukee sitting 5.5 games out of a playoff spot, it may be too late to salvage the year.
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