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Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks has elected to undergo surgery on his fractured left fibula, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The procedure, which will include the insertion of a plate and screws on Tuesday in Salt Lake City, will allow Burks to begin weight-bearing activities quicker than simply letting the bone heal on its own. The surgery could expedite his return to the court.
There remains hope that Burks could make his way back to the lineup after the NBA All-Star break in mid-February, league sources said.
Burks, 24, has had a strong season for the Jazz, averaging 14.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He played only 27 games in 2014-15, with shoulder surgery ending his season.
Burks is in the first year of a four-year, $42 million contract.