Washington Wizards center Dwight Howard could miss the next 2-3 months of the NBA season because of a gluteal injury. According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Howard has decided to have surgery to fix the issue.
Washington center Dwight Howard will undergo a surgical procedure to alleviate pain from a gluteal injury, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) November 30, 2018
If the procedure is successful, a typical recovery timeline is 2-3 months. But Howard could return to action sooner. https://t.co/4BoYkahXSo— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) November 30, 2018
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN foreshadowed the development yesterday.
Howard received a recommendation from a nerve specialist in Los Angeles today and may seek further consultation before making a final decision on a procedure that could cause him to miss a significant portion of the regular season. https://t.co/Q8Tb7i6jFv— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 30, 2018
Howard has appeared in only 9 games for the Wizards in his inaugural season with the team. He’s averaging 25.6 minutes, scoring 12.8 per game with 9.2 rebounds, among the lowest numbers of his career overall and per-minute. The Wizards stand at 8-13, 9th in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.