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.
The injury appeared somewhat similar to his Dec. 2014 ACL tear, and the team initially listed it as a sprain. Just a hyperextension of the knee would come as a relief for the Milwaukee organization and fantasy owners alike, but that doesn't take a tear out of the equation. The team should officially update his status further in the coming days.
Parker will not return to Wednesday's game against the Heat after suffering a left knee sprain, Telly Hughes of FSN Wisconsin reported on the television broadcast.
Parker was driving to the hoop when he went down awkwardly mid-way through the third quarter. He was eventually helped to the locker room by his teammates. It is the same knee he injured in his rookie season. The official word for now is a sprain, but the Bucks figure to provide more details on his status in the near future.
Parker supplied 27 points (10-20 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block across 35 minutes during a 121-117 loss to the Nuggets on Friday.
Parker had a strong all-around game as he picked up his second double-double in the last four games. He knocked in two three-pointers after he had failed to make any threes over his previous four games. Parker continues to post big numbers in his breakout season, as he's upped his scoring average from last season's 14.1 points per game to 20.3 points per game so far this season.
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