Splitter undergoes successful surgery on right hip

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Splitter undergoes successful surgery on right hip

Tiago Splitter underwent successful surgery on his right hip on Thursday.

The procedure was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. The procedure officially ends Splitter’s first season with the Hawks.

The reserve center appeared in 36 games, including two starts, and averaged 5.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16.1 minutes.

Prior to the surgery, Splitter said the recovery will be “eight months, at least.” An eight-month recovery would mean Splitter would not be able to return until near the end of October, the start of the NBA season. It will also force him to miss the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in his native Brazil.

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