Sources: Wizards center Dwight Howard undergoing surgery

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Washington Wizards center Dwight Howard is undergoing a surgical procedure Friday to alleviate pain from a gluteal injury, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The injury has limited the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year to nine games this season, and if the procedure is successful, a typical recovery timeline is two-to-three months. However, there is a chance Howard could return sooner, sources said.

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The decision to have the surgery, which is being performed by Dr. Robert Watkins, was made after Howard visited a nerve specialist in Los Angeles, sources said.

Dwight Howard has played nine games this season. (AP)
Dwight Howard has played nine games this season. (AP)

Howard has averaged 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds while nursing a sore piriformis muscle in his buttocks that has caused immense pain when the eight-time All-Star tries to sit.

The Wizards have struggled this season, going 8-13 and failing to find any consistency.

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