Veteran forward Mirza Teletovic has undergone successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, the Bucks announced today in a press release. The procedure, which repaired cartilage in Teletovic’s troublesome knee, is expected to sideline him for the next four weeks.
Teletovic has been out due to knee soreness for two weeks already, having last appeared in a game for the Bucks on November 7 in Cleveland. If the 32-year-old is able to get back on the court four weeks from today, he’d be in line for another game with the Cavaliers on December 19. However, there’s no guarantee he’ll be ready to go at that time.
Even before his injury, Teletovic wasn’t playing a major rotation role this season in Milwaukee. In 10 games, he had averaged just 15.9 minutes per contest, the lowest mark since his rookie season in 2012/13. Still, while his averages of 7.1 PPG and 2.3 RPG are modest, Teletovic has been reliable from beyond the arc, with most of his field goal attempts coming from three-point range. He has converted 2.1 threes per game at a 46.7% clip.
With Teletovic injured and Greg Monroe no longer in Milwaukee, the Bucks have relied on smaller lineups and leaned on Thon Maker and John Henson for increased frontcourt roles. Barring a roster move, those trends figure to continue as Teletovic recovers from his knee procedure, though Henson will miss Milwaukee’s next game after undergoing an eye procedure, according to the team.