Atlanta Hawks center Tiago Splitter out for the season

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Atlanta Hawks center Tiago Splitter is set to be out for the rest of the season.

The Brazilian big man is undergoing season-ending hip surgery after missing the last Hawks' last six games through injury.

The Hawks confirmed the news on their Twitter account, saying Splitter had made the decision to have the surgery. 

Splitter visited with multiple specialists before ultimately deciding to have the surgery, according to the Hawks.

The 31-year-old had apparently been struggling with the injury for most of this season, playing through the pain and niggle, as he looked to impress in what is his first season with the Hawks.

The 6-foot-11 Brazilian center averaged 5.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in 36 games this season.

The Hawks acquired Splitter last July in a trade with the San Antonio Spurs that saw the Spurs receive a protected 2017 second round draft pick and the draft rights to Georgios Printezis, a 30-year-old Greek power forward who was a second round pick in 2007.

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