MILWAUKEE, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Milwaukee Bucks forward Bobby Simmons needs surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle.
The 6-foot-6 inch former DePaul product suffered the injury during training camp and has been sidelined since Oct. 14. When he was sidelined, he had not played this season and his injury was called a right-heel stress reaction.
The team said Thursday the surgery likely cause the five-year veteran to miss the rest of the regular season.
On its Web site, the team said the two-part surgical procedure will be performed by Dr. Richard Ferkel at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys, Calif., beginning Dec. 18.
The second portion of the procedure will be scheduled for the following weeks.
Simmons is in his first season with the Bucks after playing for the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2005-06 campaign.
He has averaged 10.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in 272 games with Milwaukee, the Clippers and Washington.