The Miami Heat has been a pleasant surprise so far in this NBA season. Unfortunately, things might change for the organization.  Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters is expected to undergo season-ending surgery on his left ankle. Waiters sprained the ankle on Dec. 23rd, causing him to miss the past eight games. His recovery is expected to take four to six months, a league source said.

Waiters emerged as the Heat’s starting shooting guard last season and has averaged 14.3 points, 3.8 assists, and 2.6 rebounds in 30 starts this season. Waiters was the No. 4 overall selection in the 2012 NBA draft and found a home in Miami when he left the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the Heat as a free agent in 2016.

The Heat have won six consecutive games to improve to 24-17 and currently hold the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. Expect the Heat to make a move to add another shooting guard before the NBA trade deadline on February 8th.