L.A. Times: Lakers center Kwame Brown will undergo ankle surgery next week, a move that casts some doubt over his playing status for the start of next season as well as trade possibilities for the Lakers during the off-season.
Brown will have bone spurs removed from his left ankle and will undergo reconstructive surgery if doctors deem it necessary, said his agent, Mark Bartelstein. Ankle specialist Dave Porter will perform the surgery in Indianapolis.
“We’re not sure if it needs to get reconstructed or not,” Bartelstein said Friday. “They’re going to go in and test the strength of the ligaments and see if they need to repair them. He also has some bones spurs he needs to get cleaned out.”
If Brown needs reconstructive surgery, he would face several months of recovery time. The Lakers begin training camp the first week of October. If his ankle does not need to be reconstructed, Brown’s rehabilitation would be significantly shorter. “Until they get in there and see what needs to be done, there’s no timetable,” Bartelstein said.