Omer Yurtseven Expected To Undergo Ankle Surgery

Heat center Omer Yurtseven is expected to undergo surgery on his injured left ankle this week, barring a last-minute change in plans, reports Anthony Chiang of The Miami Herald.

As we relayed on Thursday, Yurtseven is reportedly dealing with a bone spur issue in his ankle and was weighing the possibility of a surgical or non-surgical approach to the injury, having sought out multiple opinions. While the 24-year-old would likely be facing an extended absence either way, there was a belief that undergoing surgery could end his season.

According to Chiang, there’s now hope that Yurtseven will stay be able to play this season even if he goes under the knife. The expectation is that the big man be sidelined for about three months after surgery, meaning he’d have a chance to return by March.

Yurtseven has yet to play at all in 2022/23 after suffering his ankle injury during the preseason, but was productive when given playing time as a rookie last season. During one 10-game stretch as a starter with Bam Adebayo sidelined, he averaged 13.6 points, 13.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.0 steal in 30.9 minutes per contest.

Yurtseven is in a contract year and will be eligible for restricted free agency in the summer of 2023.

Having Yurtseven unavailable until well into the second half of the season will leave the Heat a little shorthanded, since they’re only carrying 14 players due to luxury tax concerns and aren’t particularly deep at center.

Dewayne Dedmon has been a regular contributor off the bench when healthy this season, while Udonis Haslem has also gotten into a couple games. Head coach Erik Spoelstra has leaned a little more heavily on Adebayo, who’s averaging a career-high 34.9 minutes per night so far.

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