Shooting guard Dion Waiters’ ankle surgery isn’t progressing as fast as hoped.
Miami Heat president Pat Riley said Tuesday that Waiters won’t be ready for the start of training camp on Sept. 25 and likely will miss the start of the regular season.
Waiters underwent surgery on the left ankle in mid-January and was informed at the time that he might not be available at the beginning of the season.
“Dion will not be returning to the court until the Heat medical team and training staff deem him healed, rehabbed and physically conditioned for all basketball activities,” Riley said in a statement.
The news stunned Heat point guard Goran Dragic.
“This is kind of out of the blue for me,” Dragic said. “At the end of the day, he knows what is best for him. I’m hoping he’s going to be ready when we need him.”
Waiters averaged 14.3 points in 30 games last season. He played in his final game on Dec. 23 before undergoing the surgery a few weeks later.
The Heat open the season on Oct. 18 against the Magic in Orlando and will have Dwyane Wade available to play shooting guard.
Wade officially signed his one-year, $2.4 million deal on Tuesday. The 12-time All-Star has indicated this will be his final season.
“We are very delighted that Dwyane decided to return,” Riley said. “I believe that Dwyane can play a big part in us winning. That’s what he is all about. I’m glad he’s back.”
–Field Level Media