Dion Waiters may undergo season-ending 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

Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters is considering season-ending surgery on his injured left ankle, according to published reports. Waiters was limited to 46 games last season after playing 70-plus games in each of the previous three campaigns. "I didn't even do anything when I twisted it". He is averaging 14.3 points per game in 30 starts during his second season with Miami.

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Should Waiters proceed with the operation, as expected, it will mark the second straight season he's appeared in fewer than 50 games.

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Prior to this decision, Waiters had been resting and rehabilitating the ankle, but it was unclear if he had been making significant progress. He set career highs in assists (4.3) and rebounds (3.3). He first entered the league as the fourth-overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers out of Syracuse in the 2012 NBA Draft and made the NBA All-Rookie First Team. But it's still a tough blow for the squad, which now sits at 24-17 and in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Tyler Johnson has been starting in his place with Wayne Ellington seeing extended minutes off the bench.

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