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Achilles' surgery to end season for Hawks' Pachulia

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Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia will have season-ending surgery on his sore right Achilles' tendon on Wednesday.

The Hawks confirmed that the procedure will take place in Charlotte, N.C. The recovery time is expected to be six months.

"I think this is the right decision," Pachulia said. "I'll be able to come back as soon as possible. It's a partial tear. I'll take this injury rather than a total rupture."

Pachulia was a valuable contributor off the bench this season for the playoff-bound Hawks. In 52 games (15 starts), he averaged 5.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists.

Since Pachulia last played on March 3 against the Los Angeles Lakers, he sought advice from doctors on the injury before opting for surgery. He initially suffered the injury on Jan. 21.

As an unrestricted free agent, Pachulia might not be back with Atlanta next season.

"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 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."

In eight seasons with the Hawks, Pachulia has career averages of 6.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
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