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Dion Waiters will have ankle surgery

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Miami Heat shooting guard Dion Waiters will have surgery on his left ankle sometime in the near future, the team confirmed today.

“We are confident this surgery will resolve all of the issues with the ankle,” said the Heat in a statement. “This process will not just repair the ankle, but also kick-start a whole new reboot for Dion. A full recovery is expected.”

According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, “Waiters said in September he was told last season that the estimated timetable for a return from such surgery would be eight to 10 months.”

Waiters this season is averaging 14.3 points and 3.8 assists per game, shooting just 39.8% from the field and just 30.6% from three-point range.

More from the Sun Sentinel: “The Heat are now positioned to apply to the NBA for the $5.5 million disabled-player exception, half of Waiters’ 2017-18 salary, but would have to open a roster spot, already at the roster maximum of 15 players, not counting the two additional players on two-way contracts with the developmental-league. Such an exception signing would be limited to the balance of the season and would have to be exercised by March 12. The exception could only be used on a replacement player in the final year of a contract, be it on a free-agent, in a trade or for a waiver claim.”

The Detroit Pistons signed Dwight Buycks to a multi-year contract today. He had already been under contract as a two-way player, on a deal signed September 17, 2017.

Two-way contract players spend the majority of the season in the G League. Signing a standard season contract means Buycks, a 6-3, 190-pound guard, is now a regular member of the Bucks.

Since an ankle injury sidelining Reggie Jackson on December 26, Buycks has entered the regular rotation and averaged 11.7 points, 3.2 assists and 19.5 minutes while shooting 50.9% from the field and 46.2% from three-point range.

He also spent time with the Detroit Pistons G League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive, averaging 22.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.0 steal and 35.6 minutes in 10 games.

Prior to joining Detroit, Buycks averaged 25-plus points in each of the last two seasons with the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association. He holds NBA career averages of 5.9 points, 2.4 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 28 games with the Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers and Detroit Pistons.

The Indiana Pacers signed 6-8 forward Ben Moore to a two-way contract today. He’ll mostly play with their G League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Moore, who participated in Pacers’ training camp, has spent this season playing for the Mad Ants. The former SMU player has played in 24 games for the Mad Ants, averaging 11 points per game on 52 percent shooting and averaging 6.6 rebounds.

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