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Vasquez Out Three to Four Months
Monday, Dec. 15
Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe noted Tuesday that the former Maryland playmaker “underwent right-ankle surgery to remove [a] bone spur.” Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel passed along confirmation and context for the recovery time:
Milwaukee landed Vasquez in a draft trade with the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Norman Powell and a 2017 pick. The hope was the 28-year-old would provide important depth and a scoring burst off the bench behind Michael Carter-Williams and O.J. Mayo.
Vasquez averaged 7.1 points, 4.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds a night in 16 games this season. However, he shot a career-worst 34.8 percent from the field and 25.9 percent from three-point range in the early going and hasn’t been the consistent offensive spark he was the past few campaigns for Toronto and the New Orleans Pelicans.
Vasquez averaged 13.9 points a night for the Pelicans in 2012-13 and 9.5 points a game for the Raptors the last two seasons.
This is yet another blow to the Bucks' backcourt. Point guard Jerryd Bayless is also dealing with an ankle injury and was ruled out for the team’s four-game road trip that started Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Fortunately, Carter-Williams is still healthy and is averaging 10.4 points and 5.4 assists a game as a former Rookie of the Year who has enough talent to put up 20 points on any given night.
Mayo and Khris Middleton started together in the backcourt in Milwaukee’s Dec. 12 victory over the Golden State Warriors with Carter-Williams coming off the bench. Middleton and Mayo may not be traditional point guards, but Mayo can handle the ball and run the offense enough to keep the team afloat until the backcourt depth returns to normal.