Rodney McGruder, who started at small forward for the Miami Heat last season and was a strong candidate to open this season in the same role, is scheduled for have surgery next week to fix a stress fracture in his left leg.
McGruder went undrafted out of Kansas State in 2013.
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It wasn't clear when the 26-year-old McGruder suffered the injury. He was then reacquired by the Skyforce in November and helped lead them to a league championship.
Miami has McGruder under contract on an extremely team-friendly deal through the 2018-19 season.
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McGruder averaged 6.4 points in 78 games (65 starts) last season in his first National Basketball Association campaign. The Landover, Maryland native averaged 6.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 25.2 minutes per game, shooting 41.3 percent from the floor, 33.2 percent from three-point range and 62 percent from the free-throw line.
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