Suns rookie Dragan Bender has ankle surgery

PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix Suns rookie forward Dragan Bender had an arthroscopic procedure Wednesday to remove a bone spur in his right ankle.

The team said Bender is expected to return to ''full basketball activity'' in four to six weeks.

The fourth overall pick last summer, the 19-year-old Croatian player is averaging 3.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and 12.7 minutes in 38 games.

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