Jan 21, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Dante Cunningham (33) defends Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia (27) during the second quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Zaza Pachulia Out for Season

Atlanta Hawks fan favorite and backup center Zaza Pachulia will undergo surgery to repair a sore right Achilles and will miss the remainder of the season, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution beat reporter Chris Vivlamore.

Pachulia has been out indefinitely, missing the past 15 straight games, but was seeking other opinions on his injury. The decision to have season-ending surgery was finalized on Saturday reports Vivlamore.

“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.”

Pachulia appeared in 52 games this season, including 15 starts, averaging 5.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 28.3 minutes. He set the franchise record for offensive rebounds in a quarter (seven) in a game against the Bucks on Feb. 23.

There is a chance the 6’11” center played his last game for the Hawks.

Pachulia will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

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