Haslem to have season-ending surgery on left ankle

Updated: March 21, 2008, 7:22 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Heat forward Udonis Haslem had season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur from his left ankle Friday, becoming the fourth Miami player to be officially shut down for the season because of an injury.

Haslem will be in a walking boot and on crutches before beginning rehabilitation, and the team expects he'll be able to resume basketball activity in about two months. Haslem, a Miami native and the Heat captain, averaged 12 points and nine rebounds in 49 games this season.

Miami had already lost All-Star guard Dwyane Wade, forward Dorell Wright and center Alonzo Mourning for the season, all with various knee injuries, and was reduced to playing with seven healthy players at Toronto on Wednesday -- when the Heat lost 96-54 in the worst offensive showing in franchise history.

To help alleviate the roster woes, the Heat signed forward Stephane Lasme and guard Blake Ahearn to a 10-day contracts Friday. Lasme averaged 10.6 points and 7.5 rebounds in 37 games with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League. Ahearn averaged 19 points in the NBDL this season for the Dakota Wizards.


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