Some wonder why the Milwaukee Bucks went out and acquired small forward Caron Butler at the expense of several younger players. The motivation behind the move became clearer yesterday, when it was reported that Carlos Delfino, who was slated to be the Bucks’ small forward, could miss the entire preseason and even a portion of the regular season as he continues to recover from foot surgery, according to Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times.
Delfino underwent surgery to repair a fractured bone in his right foot in May. When the Bucks signed him as a free agent in July, they were hoping he’d begin the season as their starter at the 3 position. However, it now seems like there’s a real possibility that Delfino isn’t available for at least the start of the season.
Beyond Delfino, the Bucks have several other unproven reserves at small forward, including Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Considering Delfino’s unknown return date, adding the veteran Butler makes a lot more sense than it otherwise would.