Despite lingering pain from sprained ankle suffered in March, Dion Waiters expects to be ‘full-go’ for camp

MIAMI — Remember the sprained left ankle that forced Dion Waiters to miss the final 13 games of the 2016-17 regular season?

Well, Waiters still feels some discomfort from that injury. In fact, the 25-year-old shooting guard said Monday during Heat media day that his left ankle is still “a little swollen” even though he sprained it six months ago in March.

The Miami Heat’s Dion Waiters (11) directs traffic against the Charlotte Hornets in the fourth quarter at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The Heat won, 108-101. (Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald/TNS)

“Here and there, there will be aches,” said Waiters, who signed a four-year, $52 million deal this summer to stay with the Heat. “It’s nothing. Just got to stay on top of it.”

Waiters said he had the option of having minor surgery to repair the ankle, but decided against it. Despite the lingering pain, Waiters expects to be “full-go” when training camp opens Tuesday at Florida Atlantic University.

Waiters was one of the driving forces behind Miami’s second-half surge last season. He averaged 18.4 points on 46.7 percent shooting to go with 3.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 25 games played over the 30-11 run.

But the sprained left ankle forced Waiters to miss the final month of the season, as Miami recorded a 7-6 record in his absence and just missed the playoffs.

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