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Heat's Waiters out for remainder of season

Waiters initially suffered the left ankle injury during the backend of last season, causing him to miss the last 13 games. He opted out of surgery in summer, partly because of his then-free agent status.


Kahron Spearman


Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters has opted to have season-ending surgery on his injured left ankle, and will be out of commission for four to six months. Waiters initially suffered the left ankle injury during the backend of last season, causing him to miss the last 13 games. He opted out of surgery in summer, partly because of his then-free agent status.

Per ESPN, he consulted with specialists on whether to rehab the ankle in time for the playoffs or have surgery.The surging Heat (24-17) currently sit fourth place in the Eastern Conference, six straight games. Waiters resigned to a four-year, $52 million deal, after the Miami missed out on Gordon Hayward, who signed with the Boston Celtics prior to his own season-ending injury.

If the Heat cannot find a trade option with that $5.5 million (disabled players exception) before the Feb. 8 trade deadline, the alternative would be saving it and seeing what players receive buyouts. Players who have been in the NBA this season must be released by March 1 to be playoff-eligible elsewhere.

Barry Jackson
Staff Writer, Miami Herald

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