It looks like the Milwaukee Bucks won't be getting fully healthy soon after all.
A day after it was revealed that Greivis Vasquez and Jerryd Bayless wouldn't accompany the team on its current four-game road trip, the Bucks announced that Vasquez underwent foot surgery Tuesday to remove bone spurs in his ailing right ankle. Jason Kidd indicated ahead of the Bucks' game against the Lakers that Vasquez is expected to be out 3-4 months, which could rule him out for the remainder of the season. From the team's press release:
Milwaukee Bucks guard Greivis Vasquez underwent successful surgery this morning to remove a bone spur and loose bodies from his right ankle, General Manager John Hammond announced today. The surgery was performed by Dr. Martin O'Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. An update on Vasquez's recovery period will be provided after post-surgical consultation with Dr. O'Malley.
In summary: not good.
You may recall that the Bucks raised eyebrows (to put it kindly) on draft night when they shipped two picks to Toronto for the 28-year-old Vasquez, whose $6.6 million expiring deal means he could be an unrestricted free agent before he ever suits up again in a Bucks uniform. The intent behind acquiring a guy like Vasquez made sense; it's no surprise that Kidd would want to add a pass-first point guard who could also knock down threes. But the price paid -- the Bucks' 2015 second rounder and the Clippers' lotto-protected 2017 first -- was always a head-scratcher. Add to that Vasquez hitting just 34.8% of his field goals and 25.9% of his threes in 16 games so far, and the move is looking more and more like a small-scale disaster. Speaking of which, this now marks the third straight season in which the Bucks have acquired a guy with a preexisting ankle or foot injury that's cost him significant time -- Carlos Delfino (2013) and Damien Inglis (2014) being the previous members of that not-so-illustrious club.
In more bad news, the Bucks also revealed that center Greg Monroe would miss Tuesday night's game with a sore knee, just three days after his 28 points and 11 boards led the Bucks to their historic 108-95 win over the Warriors in Milwaukee. No word yet on whether Monroe could also miss more games on the current four-game trip, though his absence will presumably mean starters' minutes for John Henson, some time for Miles Plumlee and perhaps a more extended look at Giannis Antetokounmpo as a small-ball five.