Warriors center Festus Ezeli underwent surgery to reinforce ligaments in his right knee and will miss the start of next season, the team announced Thursday.

Ezeli suffered a knee sprain during the regular season finale on April 17, but continued to contribute during the team's two-round playoff run. According to a team statement:

"The procedure, which was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles, was necessary to reinforce both the medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament in Ezeli's right knee."

The team's medical staff estimates recovery time will be a minimum of six to nine months.

Ezeli, 23, was the 30th overall pick out of Vanderbilt. His 41 starts were the most by a Warriors rookie center since Joe Barry Carroll started 80 games in 1980-81 and were the second most among NBA rookies this season, behind only teammate Harrison Barnes (81).



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