Ahead of Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls, the Milwaukee Bucks announced that key role player Jae Crowder will undergo surgery.
The forward will have a procedure on a left adductor and abdominal tear. The team says it will take approximately eight weeks for Crowder to work himself back on the court.
The Bucks added Crowder as part of a four-team deal last season and brought him back on a one-year deal this offseason. He’s appeared in all nine games for the team thus far, averaging 26.2 minutes per game with 8.1 points and 3.9 rebounds. While Crowder isn’t necessarily the reserve he was for Miami and Boston earlier in his career, he is a solid 3-point shooter with the ability to guard multiple positions. Considering how poorly Milwaukee has started the year on the defensive end, it sure feels like his services will be missed.
For what it’s worth, Chicago will play the Bucks three times between now and Dec. 11, meaning that Crowder will be off the floor for each of those matchups.