Heat guard Dion Waiters has successful surgery on left ankle

Miami’s Dion Waiters looks on during the Heats loss to the Spurs early this season at AmericanAirlines Arena. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

HOUSTON – Dion Waiters spent Sunday night celebrating his hometown Philadelphia Eagles’ NFC championship  … and preparing for ankle surgery.

Waiters shared the news on his Instagram account.

“I get surgery tomorrow,” Waiters wrote Sunday night under a photo of someone else dressed in Eagles gear. “This game help calm my nerves. BigTime!!!!”

The Heat confirmed that Waiters had successful surgery on his troublesome left ankle Monday in Los Angeles. No timetable has been given for his return, but he’s expected to miss the rest of the season.

Waiters went to Instagram on Monday afternoon and posted a picture of himself prepped for ankle surgery with the caption, “To be continued!!!!! Y’all kno the motto MrBetOnYourSelfThenDoubleDown Minor setback for a major comeback!!”

It’s been more than a week since the Heat confirmed reports that Waiters would have surgery. The left ankle has been an issue for the 25-year-old for almost a year, since he missed the final 13 games of the 2016-17 season after spraining it on March 17.

The ankle issues have lingered, as Waiters admitted during training camp that he still felt discomfort from last season’s sprain. He played through ankle tweaks early in the season, but opted for season-ending surgery after spraining it again during the Heat’s win over the Mavericks on Dec. 22.

Waiters revealed during training camp in September that he could have had surgery on the ankle last offseason, but he decided against it because he would have been forced to miss eight to 10 months. In this scenario of undergoing surgery shortly after suffering the injury in March, he would have entered free agency last summer as a player who wouldn’t have been available until somewhere between November and January.

The surgery will cost Waiters a $1.1 million bonus for this season that was tied into the four-year, $52 million deal he signed with the Heat in July. For the bonus to kick in, Waiters needed to play in at least 70 of Miami’s 82 games to lift his 2017-18 salary from $11 million to $12.1 million.

Waiters averaged 14.3 points on 39.8 percent shooting and 3.8 assists in 30 games this season.

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