Delfino had surgery in May to fix a fractured bone in his right foot, and the initial recovery time was expected to be four-to-six months. The Bucks signed Delfino to a three-year, $9.75 million contract in mid-July, with the final year of the deal being fully unguaranteed. Milwaukee had hoped Delfino would be ready for training camp and planned on starting him at small forward.
However, Delfino suffered a setback in August, and it likely motivated the acquisition of Caron Butler from the Phoenix Suns. The recovery from that setback has not gone as planned, so the 31-year-old will undergo another procedure that will keep him out another four to six months. With that timetable, he's in danger of missing the entire season.
With Delfino on the shelf, Khris Middleton will continue to play a big role off the bench. Giannis Antetokounmpo may also benefit from the prolonged absence of Delfino, although the Greek phenom hasn't played in the last two games.