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Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters to have season-ending surgery

12 January 2018

Waiters has chose to undergo season-ending surgery on his injured left ankle after receiving second opinions, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.

Waiters' ankle has been problematic since last spring, when it forced him to miss the final 13 games of the 2017 season.

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ESPN reports that the surgery is expected in the next two weeks and that recovery should take between four and six months.

The Heat are now on a six-game winning streak and are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

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Waiters, who hasn't played since December 22, said last month he was aiming to delay surgery until the offseason after forgoing the option to have a procedure over the summer. He considered surgery last summer but instead elected to do arduous rehab and treatment, in part because he was a free agent. The Heat's regular season ends April 11.

Waiters' production has dipped this season as he has played through pain in the ankle that he said was "excruciating" at times.

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Prior to going down with the injury, Waiters appeared in 30 games for the Heat this season, averaging 14.3 points in 30.6 minutes per game.

Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters to have season-ending surgery