Dirk Nowitzki underwent surgical debridement on his left ankle Thursday morning and will miss the remainder of the season, according to a report by Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News.
The surgery is to correct an ankle impingement, which is linked to bone spurs, and eliminate inflammation. It was performed by Dr. Eugene Curry and Dr. Daniel Worrel at the Carrell Clinic in Dallas. Nowitzki did not travel with the team for its game against the Orlando Magic Wednesday.
Nowitzki appeared in 77 games and is enjoying one of the best shooting seasons of his career despite his lowest scoring output since his rookie season. His effective field goal percentage of .547 is a career best.
Next season, which Nowitzki intends on playing, will be his 21st. It will break the record for longest career with one franchise, 20 seasons, which Nowitzki is current tied for with Kobe Bryant.
The Mavericks have a team option for the final year of Nowitzki’s contract worth $5 million next season when the franchise star will be 40-years-old.