Atlanta Hawks Zaza Pachulia may never wear a Hawks uniform again as he has opted to undergo a surgical procedure, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Pachulia, who has been suffering from a sore right Achilles for the past couple of months, will miss the remainder of the season. Since this is the last year of his contract, he will become an unrestricted free agent come the off-season. The procedure expected time for recovery is unknown at this point.
“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.”Now in his tenth season in the NBA, Pachulia is averaging 5.9 points per game along with 6.5 rebounds. He did set a franchise record for offensive rebounds in a game with seven against the Bucks on Feb. 23.