ATLANTA (AP) — Boston Celtics forward-center Jermaine O’Neal will have surgery on his left wrist and miss the remainder of the season.
O’Neal, in his 16th NBA season, already has missed 13 games with the sprained wrist. Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss says no date has been set for the surgery.
The 33-year-old O’Neal has averaged 5 points and 5.4 rebounds in 25 games, including 24 starts, this season.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers says the team is looking for “one or two bigs” to replace O’Neal, who has been out since Feb. 22.
O’Neal, from Columbia, S.C., was a first-round pick by Portland in 1996. He also has played with Indiana and Miami. He averaged more than 20 points per game in four straight seasons with Indiana (2002-06).