ATLANTA (AP) — Hawks center Zaza Pachulia will undergo surgery on his sore right Achilles and miss the rest of the season, the team announced Saturday.
The 29-year-old Pachulia is scheduled for surgery Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C. The expected recovery time is approximately six months, meaning the Hawks will be without another valuable member of their bench heading into the playoffs. The team already lost guard Lou Williams to a season-ending knee injury.
In 52 games this season, including 15 starts, Pachulia averaged 5.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 21.8 minutes. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and may have played his last game for the Hawks.
Pachulia will definitely be missed this season. The Hawks have already clinched a playoff berth but still have a chance to improve their seeding.
"He plays a playoff style, the way he throws his body around," said coach Larry Drew, whose team was facing the Orlando Magic on Saturday night. "You can see how his style, it just fits playoff basketball."
Pachulia had not played since a March 3 loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles, missing 15 games before deciding on surgery.