Cleveland Cavaliers center Chris Andersen suffered a torn right ACL in practice on Friday (Dec. 16), sidelining him for the season.
The team said the injury will retire surgery, which will end his season early.
Andersen is the team’s third-string center, used sparingly by the Cavs when their opponents go with bigger lineups, because backup center Channing Frye is sometimes undersized.
With Andersen out, the Cavs have just three traditional big men, in Frye, Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love.
This season, Andersen has played in 12 games, averaging 2.3 points and 2.6 rebounds.