Vitor Faverani will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, the Celtics announced via press release. The rookie center has been out since January 28th. The Celtics have also been hit with a season-ending injury to Gerald Wallace, and the team sent Keith Bogans home earlier this year after a dispute over playing time. Avery Bradley is also out indefinitely, leaving Boston with 11 available players, including Chris Babb, who’s on a 10-day contract.
The continued absence of Faverani is probably a favorable sign for Babb, though the team could just cycle through others on 10-day contracts. The Celtics are seven games out of the playoffs and in 12th place in the Eastern Conference, so Faverani’s injury will have little bearing on the postseason race.
Faverani, 25, had been playing in Spain when he signed with Boston this summer. His contract is guaranteed for a little more than $2MM next year, and it includes a non-guaranteed season in 2015/16.