White to have surgery to remove benign growth from jaw

Oklahoma City Thunder rookie forward D.J. White will have surgery on his jaw next week to remove a benign growth, the Thunder announced in a news release.

White will be sidelined for four to six months after the surgery, in which doctors will have to take a bone graft from White's hip to fix the bone in his jaw.

White, the 29th overall pick in the 2008 draft by the Detroit Pistons, was sent to the Thunder as part of a draft-day trade.

According to the Daily Oklahoman, he is accompanying the Thunder on their current road trip, but has not practiced since the beginning of training camp.