Dion Waiters has missed the past nine games for the Miami Heat with a nagging left ankle injury.
Waiters has struggled to recover from the injury and an unenviable option is seemingly becoming more likely by the day: season-ending surgery.
Among options Dion Waiters has been considering, according to an associate: Surgery on his ankle that would end his season. Decision forthcoming. Has received multiple medical opinions.
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) January 10, 2018
Waiters would receive a $1.1 million contract bonus if he was able to play in 70 games for the Heat this season. He has currently played in 30 of their games and they have 42 remaining, which means he can only miss two more to receive the bonus.
If he is not cleared by doctors to play in the next few games, the possibility of him shutting down for the season becomes a lot more realistic and potentially the best option to heal his ankle and prevent further damage moving forward.
Waiters efficiency has slipped this season after signing a four-year, $52 million extension last July. He is averaging 14.3 points, 3.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds on 39.8% shooting from the field and 30.6% shooting from three-point range in 30.6 minutes per game this season.