The Atlanta Hawks announced Saturday that Zaza Pachulia is out for the season after electing to have surgery on his sore right Achilles.
Pachulia will have surgery Wednesday, April 3rd, in Charlotte at Mercy Hospital, according to a release from the team.
“After thoroughly reviewing the possible options with Zaza, we all felt this was the best decision to insure Zaza’s complete recovery so that he can be at 100 percent going forward. 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,” said President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Danny Ferry.
In Pachulia’s place, the Hawks have elected to play Johan Petro and Ivan Johnson significant minutes. The fan-favorite has missed the previous 15 consecutive games.
The expected recovery time following surgery is approximately six months. Pachulia is a free agent after this season.