Heat Guard Dion Waiters to Have Season-Ending Ankle Surgery

Dion Waiters has said he was told the surgery has a recovery time of eight to 10 months.	 Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Dion Waiters has said he was told the surgery has a recovery time of eight to 10 months. Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, Waiters will opt to go under the knife, which would cause his 2017-18 campaign to come to an abrupt end.

Waiters' stats aren't mind-blowing: 14.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game, shooting just 39.8% from the field and 30.6% from three-point range in 30 games played. The Heat's regular season ends April 11. Per Charania, he received multiple opinions on the ankle by doctors in Los Angeles before making the decision for surgery.

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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. "In the last 10 games, Miami is averaging 104.3 points and shooting 46.4 percent as opposed to 99.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting the first 31".

The Heat now sit fourth in the Eastern Conference. Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson and Wayne Ellington will continue to take on heavier workloads, with Johnson and Richardson in particular having the ball in their hands more often.

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