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NBA: Former Badger Jon Leuer opts for season-ending ankle surgery

January 20, 2018 GMT

Detroit Pistons forward Jon Leuer tried to exhaust every option before he gave in.

The former University of Wisconsin athlete reached the end of the line on Thursday.

After suffering a sprained left ankle on Oct. 31, the condition worsened, as a later exam revealed bone fragments and other issues. Leuer missed the past 35 games and decided to have season-ending ankle surgery, he told The Detroit News on Friday.

Leuer, 28, scheduled the procedure for next Friday and faces four months of rehabilitation.

“It’s extremely frustrating. Disappointing, anger, all those emotions … we were trying to do whatever we could to avoid this,” Leuer told The News.


Leuer started 34 games last season with 10.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 75 games.

“It’s not how I envisioned this season going at all,” said Leuer, who has two years and about $19.5 million left on his contract.