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After leg surgery, Rockets announce four-month recovery timeline for Tari Eason

After undergoing leg surgery this week, young Houston Rockets forward Tari Eason is expected to be fully cleared for all basketball activities in advance of the 2024-25 NBA season.

His expected clearance will come in July.

The team’s announcement includes a detailed explanation:

Today, the Rockets announced that forward Tari Eason underwent successful surgery to treat a benign growth in his lower leg. The surgery, which was performed by Dr. Ned Amendola at Duke University, involved excising and bone grafting the lesion along with inserting an intramedullary rod in his tibia to accelerate healing.

The issue became symptomatic for Eason after sustaining a blow to his leg during a preseason game vs. Indiana on Oct. 10, 2023. It was not at risk of causing a fracture to his tibia and presented a possibility of healing with non-surgical treatment, which would have allowed Eason to return to play this season.

Following a slow healing process, the decision was made to move forward with the surgery in order for Eason to be ready for the start of next season. He is expected to make a full recovery in approximately four months.

A versatile player, Eason finished his second season (2023-24) averaging 9.8 points, 7 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 21.8 minutes per game. According to the team, no other player in NBA history has averaged at least 9 points, 7 rebounds and 1.40 steals in a season while playing fewer than 25 minutes. Eason appeared in all 82 games as a rookie in 2022-23.

Story originally appeared on Rockets Wire