Boston Celtics forward Chris Wilcox will miss the remainder of the season following aortic surgery, the team announced on Wednesday.
“While we are saddened that Chris will not be able to play again this season, the most important thing is his health, and we were fortunate to have access to an amazing team of specialists to evaluate Chris’s case,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. “The entire Celtics family supports Chris during this difficult time in his career.”
The surgery should completely repair Wilcox’s aortic abnormality that has remained stable through his 10-year career, according to the team. A recent aortic scan, however, showed a “significant enlargement of his aorta” and doctors recommended surgery, according to the team.
Wilcox, 29, has averaged 5.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game this season for Boston.