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Hawks lose center Pachulia (Achilles) for rest of season

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Pachulia is out for the season.   (Getty Images)
Pachulia is out for the season. (Getty Images)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia will have season ending surgery on his injured Achilles:

[Zaza] Pachulia, plagued by a sore right Achilles for two months, will undergo a surgical procedure and miss the remainder of the year.

“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 Manager 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.”

via Breaking news: Pachulia to have surgery, out for season | www.ajc.com.

This is a bummer all around. For one, the Hawks needed Pachulia's defense in the playoffs, where they'll most likely be going against either Tyson Chandler, Roy Hibbert or Joakim Noah, and Pachulia gave them a definitive toughness inside.

Second, Pachulia's set to be an unrestricted free agent as the Hawks pursued maximum space for a reload/rebuild this summer. He's 29, so he still has several years of good play left in him. But coming off Achilles sugery, that's going to hurt his value.

Pachulia averaged 5.9 points and 6.5 rebounds in 52 games this season for the Hawks.

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