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Bucks forward Simmons to have heel surgeries

MILWAUKEE -- Bucks forward Bobby Simmons will undergo the
first of two surgical procedures on his right foot on Dec. 18.

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Bucks general manager Larry Harris said on Wednesday that it is
not yet clear whether the surgeries will end Simmons' season.

"He is going to be out an extended amount of time," Harris
said. "It hasn't been determined how long."

Harris said Simmons needs three separate procedures to correct
his foot, which will be done in two installments. Simmons will have
arthroscopic surgery Dec. 18, and a second procedure a few weeks
later.

Simmons hurt his right heel in practice Oct. 9 and originally
was expected to be out at least a month.

He averaged 13.4 points and 4.4 rebounds last season after
signing with the Bucks as a free agent before last season.

The Bucks are more optimistic about the return of forward
Charlie Villanueva, who tore a ligament in his elbow when he fell
during a game in Atlanta Nov. 14. Bucks coach Terry Stotts said
Wednesday that he hopes Villanueva would be able to practice this
week and possibly play in Milwaukee's game against Memphis on
Friday.