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Zaza Pachulia to undergo season-ending surgery, may have played his last game for the Hawks

Mar 30, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

Zaza Pachulia

Zaza Pachulia has missed the last 15 games with a sore right Achilles, and after seeking several medical opinions on the injury, has opted to undergo season-ending surgery.

From Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Details of the surgery, a procedure to repair the sore Achilles, and the recovery period are to be determined.

“After thoroughly reviewing the possible options with Zaza, we all felt this was the best decision to ensure Zaza’s complete recovery so that he can be at 100 percent going forward,” Hawks President of Basketball Operations and General Manger Danny Ferry said. “Zaza is a professional with a strong work ethic. The Hawks will continue to be completely supportive as he tackles the return to play process.”

The injury was originally suffered on January 21.

The question now becomes whether Pachulia has played his last game as a member of the Atlanta Hawks; he’ll be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.

Pachulia has spent the last eight seasons in Atlanta, and has career averages of 6.8 points and 5.5 rebounds, while playing 20.4 minutes per contest.

  1. progress2011 - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Danny Ferry is “THE MAN” he got rid of that HORRIBLE Joe Johnson contract that pays Joe more than LBJ.
    But he has been clearing salary space since walking in the door by getting rid of guys that are committing robbery by cashing the checks the Hawks have been paying them aka Za Za, Josh Smith and others.

    ZaZa…..please close the door behind you…..DEUCES!!!

  2. wwttww - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    We love Zaza in Atlanta but its time for a new regime….please Danny dont spend it all this summer!

  3. money2long - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    the heat need a big body rebounder. if he can find his way onto miami that would be a huge pickup.

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