Veteran center Dwight Howard will undergo back surgery and is expected to return within eight weeks, according to The Athletic.
Dwight Howard is undergoing surgery on L4/L5 discs in his spine and hopeful of return within eight weeks, league sources said. https://t.co/fF9j6vBrRz
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 30, 2018
ESPN reported Thursday, citing an unidentified league source, that Howard went to a nerve specialist in Los Angeles for a recommendation. The operation is expected to provide relief from a gluteal injury that has sidelined him for much of his first season with the Wizards.
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
The 32-year-old has played in just nine games for Washington, which acquired the big man this season as a free agent.
Howard signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the Wizards over the summer.