Khris Middleton will not be available to play as Milwaukee Bucks start the 2022-23 season after undergoing surgery on his left wrist over the summer. During the Bucks’ Media Day session, Middleton told the Associated Press that he had played through the wrist injury last season before getting undergoing off-season surgery.

“Sometime around after the All-Star break, I just felt it during one game, and it kind of just never went away,” Middleton said regarding the injury. “It wasn’t too painful, just something that was going to have to be fixed at some point.”

Khris Middleton acknowledges he won’t be ready to play opening night, but hopes to return sometime near the beginning of the season.

The cast has been removed from his wrist and he hopes to get some range of motion and pick up a basketball in the next few weeks

— Jamal Collier (@JamalCollier) September 25, 2022

Middleton has also been working through an MCL injury he suffered during the postseason that kept him out of Milwaukee’s second-round series against Boston. It is important to note that Middleton does have a player option within his contract worth a bit over forty million for the 2023-2024 season. Skipping that would make him a free agent the following summer.

Middleton also discussed his contract situation over the weekend, confirming that he wants to stay in Milwaukee but is prepared for any case to play out.

“Even though I know you’re really not supposed to say it for all the reasons out there, I think everybody knows deep down that I want to stay,” Middleton said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal. “But also, you know it’s a business. Things change; things happen. You just never know. For sure I would love to stay. If everything works out.” 

It will be very interesting to see when Middleton will make his way back into Milwaukee’s starting rotation at some point this season and watch what happens in the future with his contract. Overall, this season seems like it could be a big one determining his and Milwaukee’s future.

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