For now, we'll have to assume the targeted February return date is still accurate. But, it's encouraging to see Parker progress in his recovery enough to take contact from a trainer and dunk. More updates on his recovery should emerge as he reaches various milestones.
Parker (knee) is progressing well in his rehabilitation and was seen shooting, dunking and generally "moving/jumping well", Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
The team will likely still hold Parker out until the targeted February return to be safe, though Parker's progress is certainly encouraging. Last season, Parker posted 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game and could be especially helpful for a postseason run, assuming the Bucks are in that position.
Parker said Monday at the team's media day that he's targeting a return sometime in February, Scott Grodsky of CBS 58 in Milwaukee reports.
While it hadn't been said aloud until Monday, the belief all along was that Parker and Bucks were targeting a return sometime near the All-Star break, which would give the forward slightly more than a calendar year to recover from his second torn ACL. Considering Parker's history, both sides will likely stress caution, and it's possible that Parker could face minutes limitations for several games upon his return. In Parker's absence, expect Mirza Teletovic, Thon Maker and Tony Snell to spend increased time at power forward, as was the case over the second half of last season. Prior to sustaining the injury, Parker had compiled averages of 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steals per game in 51 contests.
Parker (knee) underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair a torn left ACL, Chris Mannix of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Though Parker's procedure went off without a hitch, the Bucks won't waver from the 12-month recovery timetable initially handed down to the forward when he was diagnosed with the injury last week. Given that it's the second time in a little over two years that Parker has torn the ACL, the Bucks will likely be extremely cautious with the forward's rehab process, so it's possible he may not even be cleared to take part in contact drills until the calendar flips to 2018. During Parker's absence the last three games, Thon Maker and Michael Beasley have both received starts at power forward, with the latter seemingly representing the better source of fantasy production thanks to his skills as a scorer.
Parker has a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the 2016-17 season, Zach Lowe of ESPN.com reports.
This marks the second torn ACL in Parker's left knee, as he also missed the majority of his rookie season with the same ailment. Parker is expected to undergo surgery in the coming few days and has then been given a 12 month timetable for his rehabilitation, so he's not expected to be ready to go by the start of the 2017-18 season, which marks yet another tough blow for the Bucks. The Bucks recently got Khris Middleton back from a hamstring injury, so as soon as he's off his minutes restrictions, he should be able to pick up some of the offensive load that will be missing in Parker's absence. Otherwise, at the power forward position, the Bucks will likely have to lean on both Michael Beasley and Mirza Teletovic to fill in, although if there's a timeshare at the position, it could limit their fantasy potential. It will be a situation to monitor over the next few games to see how coach Jason Kidd opts to dole out the minutes.
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