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Michael Carter-Williams to undergo season-ending surgery to repair torn labrum

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Michael Carter-Williams' won't have a chance to end his first full season in Milwaukee on a high note.

The Bucks announced Monday that Carter-Williams will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. The surgery will be performed on Thursday by Dr. Marc Philippon at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. Carter-Williams is expected to miss three months, the team said.

Carter-Williams last played on Feb. 27 against the Detroit Pistons, but had missed the last four games due to first knee tendinitis and later hip soreness.

This will be the second time in Carter-Williams' career he will spend a summer recovering from injury. He spent the summer after his rookie season in Philadelphia recovering from a torn labrum in his right shoulder, eventually missing the first seven games of the 14-15 season.

In 54 games this season, Carter-Williams has averaged 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game, but has continued to struggle with turnovers (3.0 per game) and from the perimeter (27.3 percent from three). He was moved to the bench with starter Greg Monroe just before the all-star break, clearing the way for Giannis Antetokounmpo to effectively serve as the team's offensive initiator while O.J. Mayo and Jerryd Bayless have typically defended opposing point guards.

With Carter-Williams gone, youngsters Tyler Ennis and rookie Rashad Vaughn will receive more playing time, especially the second-year point guard Ennis.

"They're going to play." Kidd hinted Sunday afternoon. "We've got limited guys, so everybody is going to play.

"Tyler will end up here getting more minutes as we move forward."