Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell underwent surgery to repair a torn right Achilles tendon, an injury that ended his season.
The team said Monday the surgery was performed by Dr. Bob Anderson in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The 28-year-old Powell could be ready for training camp in early October, although the timetable could be more in line with the start of the regular season.
Powell will be off the court for a significant amount of time. He was already ruled out for the rest of this campaign. Powell will also miss all of his summer work. The best-case scenario is he is cleared for 5-on-5 work during training camp and is back on the floor on opening night.
That is all a long way off, though. Powell faces a rigorous rehab that he will undoubtedly attack. He is one of the hardest working Mavericks. Expect that to continue as he works his way back from this surgery.
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Powell went down with a non-contact injury with 2:57 left in the first quarter in a 110-107 defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 21.
Three days after the injury, the Mavericks signed center Willie Cauley-Stein in a trade with Sacramento. The Kings got rookie Isaiah Roby.
He was in Oklahoma City on Monday. WCS should make his debut with the team this week. He will be asked to be the Mavs roll man. Fans should monitor his playing time and production in the coming matches.
In six NBA seasons, Powell has averaged nearly 10 points and six rebounds per game.
Powell has played all but five of his 371 career games for the Mavericks since coming over from the Boston Celtics in the Rajon Rondo trade in December 2015. Rondo didn’t stay with Dallas beyond that season.