Milwaukee Bucks forward Carlos Delfino took to his website to break some significant news Sunday, announcing the setback suffered in his fractured right foot will cause him to miss the entire season.
The post — written in Spanish — said Delfino traveled to North Carolina with Bucks medical advisor Dr. Michael Gordon for tests that did not bring positive results.
Signed by the Bucks to a two-year deal with a team option for a third season this summer that could push the total value to $9.75 million, the 31-year-old was in a walking boot up until recently.
“The reality is that the fracture found in August marked a setback in recovery,” Delfino said in Spanish on his website. “(It is) still there and I have to have surgery again to resolve the situation.”
At media day in late September, Delfino said he had suffered a setback that would cause him to miss the start of the season.
The pain in his right foot first popped up with a month to play in last year’s regular season, but he played through it. Delfino completely fractured the foot while dunking over Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant in Game 5 of Houston’s first-round playoff series loss to the Thunder.
“I don’t really like to talk about this injury because I was playing injured for a month,” Delfino said at media day. “Most of the injury was probably my fault because I tried to play five or six weeks with a fractured bone in my foot . . . I tried to dunk and it just cracked.”
Delfino underwent a successful procedure in May in which Dr. Martin O’Malley inserted two vertical screws in the bone. According to the post on his website, Delfino says he has tried to activate the bone in many different ways since the setback, none of which have worked.
“I’m frustrated because I did all the homework but my body did not respond as expected . . . I’m still optimistic,” Delfino posted in Spanish. “Now I have to be calm and open to the choice of professional who can help in the recovery of my injury.
“This was worse than I expected but I’m sure I’ll return to the court.”
After spending three seasons with the Bucks, Delfino signed with Houston prior to last season and averaged 10.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 40.5 percent from the field and 37.5 percent on 3-pointers.
Without Delfino, the Bucks will have veteran Caron Butler, second-year player Khris Middleton and rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo at small forward.