Foot surgery and subsequent complications kept Delfino from taking the court this season.
“The idea is to be able to be kind of ready by July,” Delfino said. “And then August and September is going to be pick up more and more to be ready for the preseason to be working out with the rest of the guys.”
Delfino, who spent much of the season rehabbing in his native Argentina, said he’ll meet with a surgeon back home next week with hopes of gaining clearance to ramp up his workouts.
“Hopefully in the next five-to-six weeks I’ll be able to work out with some guys,” Delfino said. “Maybe play one-on-one, two-on-two, something like that.”
The 31-year-old will spend the summer between Milwaukee and Argentina, but the Bucks will closely monitor his progress.
“I’ll be flying in and out,” Delfino said. “The team wants to see and control what I’m doing. We have a protocol and some things we want to work on.”
A broken foot kept Delfino out for the entire 2013-14 season. The veteran signed a two-year, $6.5 million deal in July to return to Milwaukee for the second time after averaging 10.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game for the Rockets in 2012-13. If healthy, he figures to factor into the mix at small forward and shooting guard.
Here’s to hoping no one ever calls him “Del-jump-o” ever again.