Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap will be sidelined for three weeks after undergoing a minor knee operation.
Millsap, who will miss the Hawks’ first two pre-season games, had the procedure done in order to reduce swelling in his right knee.
The Hawks confirmed that the 31-year-old had “a preventative procedure” and will have “phases of rest and recovery” before resuming his basketball activities.
Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer admitted that the operation was necessary in order to ensure Millsap will be fully fit by the start of the regular season.
“After reviewing the options with Paul to treat his knee and provide him the best long-term care, we agreed, largely due to the time of year, that this was the best method and time to ensure his complete readiness for the start of the regular season,” Budenholzer said.
Millsap, who has become an integral part of the Hawks’ line-up, averaged 17.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.7 blocks per game last season.