Mavs’ Nowitzki undergoes ankle surgery

Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is looking to return from ankle surgery in April.

Dallas Mavericks future Hall-of-Famer Dirk Nowitzki underwent left ankle surgery Thursday morning and will miss the team’s final three games.

Nowitzki had surgical debridement of his left ankle. The procedure was performed by Dr. Eugene Curry and Dr. Daniel Worrel at the Carrell Clinic in Dallas.

The 7-footer will return next season for his 21st year in the NBA.

In 77 games this season, Nowitzki averaged 12.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists, shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from 3-point range.