According to his website, Carlos Delfino, who has been out since May with a fractured bone in his foot, will miss more time than anticipated due to a setback in his recovery. The Argentinian forward is expected to be out an additional four-to-six months and will likely miss the entire 2013-14 season.
Delfino had a plaque and two screws inserted into the foot during surgery, but doctors have been unable to “activate the bone” and spur the healing process, according to the website.
The sharpshooter ranked third in the league in three point attempts per game last season as a member of the Rockets. He signed a three-year deal with Milwaukee as a free agent in June and was expected to start at small forward upon recovering. As of last week, Delfino appeared to be progressing and was spotted without a walking boot.
“I’m frustrated because I did all the homework but my body did not responded as expected… I’m still optimistic,” Delfino told his website. “Now I have to be calm and open to the choice of the professional who can help in the recovery of my injury. This is worse than I expected but I’m sure I’ll return to the court.”
His extended absence likely equals more playing time for both Khris Middleton and Caron Butler, who are currently averaging 20.6 and 30.6 minutes per game, respectively. Giannis Antetokounmpo could also sneak his way into the rotation, but given his lack of run early on, Delfino’s situation isn’t likely to have a major effect on his role.