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Cleveland big man Chris Andersen out for season with torn ACL

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: Chris Andersen #00 of the Cleveland Cavaliers waits for a free throw in the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2016 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers center Chris Andersen has torn a ligament in his right knee and will require season-ending surgery.

The Cavs announced the injury in a statement Friday night. Cleveland says Andersen was injured during practice earlier in the day, and an MRI revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The team will have a better idea of his recovery time following surgery.

The 38-year-old Andersen signed a one-year contract with Cleveland for the veteran’s minimum in July. He was brought in to shore up a thin frontcourt after the Cavs lost backup center Timofey Mozgov to the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency.

Andersen has averaged 2.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 9.5 minutes in 12 games this season.

It is likely the Cavaliers will look to fill that front court spot between now and the trade deadline.