The Milwaukee Bucks got bad news before training camp even opened as Khris Middleton, who led the team in points per game last season and was the leading returning 3-point shooter, will be lost for six months due to hamstring surgery. Who will replace Middleton's valuable minutes? FOX Sports Wisconsin looks at a few possibilities.
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This year's second-round pick is three inches shorter than the 6-foot-8 Middleton, but does come with the reputation as a good defender (ACC Defensive Player of the Year) and he did make 39.1 percent of his 3-point attempts last season at Virginia. But can he carry over that success into the NBA and how much can be expected of a rookie second-rounder?
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There's been a report that Brown will be signed and brought to training camp. The 6-4 guard appeared in 19 games with the Lakers in 2014-15 and made 37.1 percent of his 3-point attempts while scoring 11.9 points per game. Last season he played in the D-League and China. Brown could be a low-risk, high-reward type player.
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The 10-year vet is clearly not happy in Sacramento and has already said he'll opt out of his contract at the end of the season. Gay has averaged 18.4 points per game over his career, so he could fill that void left by Middleton, although he shoots only 34.4 percent from 3. He also likes to shoot, averaging 15.4 field-goal attempts per game in his career. Would he mesh well with the Bucks? And how much would he cost to acquire?
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This one might sound a little out there, but Smith is 6-6, can play both guard and forward and is a good 3-point shooter. He also is a free agent and there's no indication he'll be re-signing with Cleveland. Of course, there are issues here: How would Smith's personality fit in with a (mostly) young team? And could the Bucks even find the necessary cap room to sign him? A real longshot, but we know one fact -- he'd make things a lot more interesting in Milwaukee.
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You wouldn't want to see the 6-9 Teletovic playing shooting guard, but he could fill in at small forward. Defensively, Teletovic is no Middleton, but he's OK. He also can shoot (37.5 percent career from 3) and he knows Jason Kidd's system, having played for Kidd in Brooklyn.
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The 6-5 guard had a rough rookie season, but if Vaughn can find the shooting touch he had at UNLV, he seems like the most logical replacement. Vaughn had his moments in 2015-16, but not nearly enough and is clearly a work in progress. A second-year bump would be huge and solve a lot of the problems with Middleton being absent.