Dion Waiters reportedly to undergo season-ending ankle surgery

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters is expected to miss the remainder of the season and undergo surgery on his left ankle, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo!

Asked last Friday about the possibility of such surgery, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, "We're not even at that point right now". Reports have circulated most of the week that Waiters would opt for the surgery and the announcement comes as no surprise. Waiters sought a second opinion in hopes of avoiding the end to his 2017-18 season, but the decision to shut it down has reportedly been reached. His recovery time is four to six months.


Waiters battled injuries last season in his first year with the Heat as well.

Waiters has not appeared for Miami since December 22. That would have raised his salary this season to $12.1 million.


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.

The Heat have won six straight games and nine of their last 11 to surge to the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference and the top spot in the Southeast Division. Goran Dragic, Josh Richardson, Wayne Ellington and Tyler Johnson all benefit from a fantasy perspective with this news. With Johnson ailing from a left shoulder strain, Derrick Jones Jr. started the Heat's victories in Toronto on Tuesday and in on Wednesday.


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