Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Heat Guard Dion Waiters to Have Season-Ending Ankle Surgery

Dec 18 2017 Atlanta GA USA Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters waits during an Atlanta Hawks free throw during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Melinda Barton | 13 January, 2018, 07:46

The Miami Heat on Friday night confirmed reports injured starting shooting guard Dion Waiters will undergo surgery to fix his troublesome left ankle. The long end of such a timetable could put Waiters in jeopardy of missing the start of next season's training camp. "We are confident this surgery will resolve all of the issues with the ankle".

Waiters has had issues with the left ankle for a while, and he's missed the last nine games after he turned the ankle in the first quarter of Miami's game against the Mavericks on December 22. Waiters reportedly sought several opinions on his ankle.

Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com first reported the expected procedure Thursday and noted it will bring an end to his 2017-18 season.

He missed 13 games last season due to a sprain of the same ankle, but ultimately opted to decline surgery, as he was entering free agency, where he ended up signing a four-year, $52 million deal with the Heat.

It's unclear what changed leading to the surgery announcement, but it's a major loss for Miami, which now sits fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 24-17 record.

Waiters this season is averaging 14.3 points and 3.8 assists per game, shooting just 39.8% from the field and just 30.6% from three-point range. Johnson played against the Pacers but came off the bench and scored 15 points.