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Jazz guard Alec Burks undergoes successful knee surgery

Alec Burks of the Utah Jazz answers questions during an end of season press conference at Zions Bank Basketball Center in Salt Lake City, Thursday, April 14, 2016.
Alec Burks of the Utah Jazz answers questions during an end of season press conference at Zions Bank Basketball Center in Salt Lake City, Thursday, April 14, 2016.
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SALT LAKE CITY — Alec Burks admitted this past season was “very frustrating.” He felt the same sentiment about the previous season.

The Utah Jazz shooting guard, who missed a good chunk of the past two seasons because of health issues, continues to deal with lingering injuries.

On Tuesday, Burks underwent an arthroscopic surgery to clean out debris from his left knee and ankle, the team announced Wednesday.

Burks’ procedure, performed in Salt Lake City by Jazz head orthopaedic team physician Dr. Travis Maak and Dr. Charles L. Saltzman, a University of Utah Health Care ankle and foot specialist, was successful, according to the Jazz.

The team expects that Burks will be healed and ready to go before the start of training camp this fall.

Burks, who’s played five NBA seasons, suffered a fractured left fibula on Dec. 29, 2015, in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers. He returned after a three-month absence, but was limited on the court in the three games in which he played at the end of the season.

“I can’t control everything,” Burks said the day after the season ended. “It makes me more hungry to get better and take the next steps.”

Burks, who averaged 13.3 points and a career-best 40.6 percent from 3-point range last season, admitted he’s looking forward to getting his health back and to having his injury-riddled team at 100 percent as well.

“I can’t wait to see everybody full strength,” Burks said. “I want to get 100 percent healthy. I want to be that Alec that I’m known to be. I’m ready to take that next step to be great.”

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