Utah Jazz confirm Alec Burks will have surgery

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz confirmed that Alec Burks is scheduled to have surgery Tuesday.

Burks decided to have the surgery in hopes of an accelerated recovery from a broken left fibula suffered Saturday.

The procedure should allow Burks to place weight on his leg after two weeks and begin rehabbing sooner than if he didn't have surgery. The team originally said he would not have surgery.

Burks had played in every game this season, averaging a career-high 14.3 points as one of the few Jazz players on the bench who can create offense. He is the third-leading scorer on the team.

Burks is the third major contributor to be lost for a significant amount of time this season. Starting center Rudy Gobert remains out with a sprained MCL. Point guard Dante Exum is out for the season with a torn ACL.