CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov has undergone successful right knee arthroscopic surgery and the team says he'll be out about six weeks.
The Cavaliers say Mozgov had the procedure Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic Marymount Surgicenter.
Late last month, the team picked up the $5 million option on his contract for next season.
The 7-foot-1 center was acquired in a January trade from Denver in exchange for two first-round draft picks.
Mozgov transformed the Cavs on defense, giving them a rim-protecting big man after Anderson Varejao was lost for the season.
Mozgov, who will turn 29 in mid-July, averaged a career-high 10.6 points and 6.9 rebounds in 45 regular-season starts. He became a needed offensive option during the postseason, averaging 10.6 points and 7.3 rebounds in 20 postseason starts.
This story has been corrected to show contract was picked up last month, not Tuesday.