http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/with-jabari-parker-out-jason-kidd-turns-to-other-options-at-power-forward-b99599305z1-334430571.htmlMadison — Jason Kidd confirmed Monday that Jabari Parker will not make his return until some time in November, after the regular season starts.
So where does that leave the Milwaukee Bucks at the power forward spot to start the season?
The Bucks coach said there are several options, and he named Chris Copeland, Johnny O'Bryant, Giannis Antetokounmpo and John Henson.
Copeland played his first game with the Bucks on Saturday night and was impressive, contributing 16 points and six rebounds off the bench in the team's preseason loss to Washington.
The 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo has played at the power forward spot but has played more often at small forward. Henson has yet to work at power forward in a preseason game, but that could come in the final two exhibition tests, starting Tuesday night when the Bucks play the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Kohl Center.
O'Byrant started against Washington and had two points (1-of-6 shooting), five rebounds and five fouls in 21 minutes.
"The doctors said hopefully at some part of November, if everything goes well," Kidd said of Parker's projected return after the 6-8 forward underwent knee surgery in January. "If there's a setback, then that all changes."
The Bucks have to make lineup plans in the interim, and Kidd is still weighing his options.
"Any of them could start at the 4 or play 4," Kidd said of the four players he is considering. "You look at Giannis playing 4. We can have Giannis at the 3, but we're not afraid to put him at the 4.
"We want to look at different combinations. We're going to have a different lineup for the opening game (Oct. 28 vs. New York) just because of Jabari and Giannis not being able to participate.
"Still some of these spots are there for the taking. We might be a deep team, but we might be looking at having less than 12 players being able to suit up and play."
Antetokounmpo is suspended for the regular-season opener due to his actions in Game 6 of last season's playoff series against Chicago, when he body-slammed Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy into the front row of seats.
Antetokounmpo was angry over a shot to the neck from Dunleavy and an earlier blow to the face of Bucks guard Michael Carter-Williams.
Dunleavy was not called for a foul on the Carter-Williams play, but it later was upgraded to a flagrant-1 foul by the league.
Point guard Tyler Ennis also will not be available at the season's outset as he continues his recovery from off-season shoulder surgery.
The Bucks will be back in Madison on Tuesday after a successful first week of training camp on the University of Wisconsin campus in late September and early October.
Kidd has said he hopes the Bucks can open training camp in Madison again next season.
"This gives the people of Madison a chance to see the guys play," Kidd said. "I would love to go back if coach (Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan) would have us back.
"I thought the facilities were great. The city itself was great to us, so hopefully we can work that out."
The game will be a homecoming for Bucks training camp invitee Marcus Landry, a Milwaukee native who played under Ryan at UW from 2005-'09. Landry has not played in the NBA since the 2009-'10 season but has kept his basketball dream alive while playing in Spain, France and China.
Landry played the entire fourth quarter Saturday after not playing against Cleveland on Tuesday. The 6-7 forward went scoreless against Washington while grabbing three rebounds and handing out one assist.
The Bucks (1-3) will be without Parker, Ennis, Miles Plumlee (knee) and Damien Inglis (illness) for Tuesday's game. Inglis has been out since Friday and Plumlee has not practiced since injuring his right knee in the Oct. 10 game against Detroit.
Spanish guard Ricky Rubio returned to the Timberwolves lineup and went scoreless in a 90-68 loss in Memphis on Sunday. He had missed the first four preseason games due to a quadriceps strain.
Also starting for Minnesota (1-4) were Kevin Garnett, Tayshaun Prince, Andrew Wiggins and 2015 first-round pick Karl Anthony-Towns.
Sam Mitchell is serving as Minnesota's interim coach with Timberwolves coach and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders hospitalized due to cancer treatments.
The Bucks and Timberwolves will conclude the preseason on Friday night at the Target Center in Minneapolis.