Celtics lose Wilcox for the rest of the season due to a heart ailment

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The Boston Celtics have lost another player to a heart ailment.

The Celtics have been informed that forward Chris Wilcox will be out for the remainder of the season. Wilcox is dealing with an aortic abnormality.

The news comes months after Celtics forward Jeff Green was lost for the season. Green had successful surgery to repair his aortic aneurysm, which was discovered on December 9th after he signed a contract with the team.

Wilcox learned about his ailment after a recent scan showed an enlarged aorta. He is expected to undergo surgery later this month to fix the problem.

The surgery is expected to allow Wilcox to return to the league next season, where he has played 10-years. He is averaging 5.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in 28 games this season, his first season in Boston.

“While we are saddened that Chris will not be able to play again this season, the most important thing is his health, and we were fortunate to have access to an amazing team of specialists to evaluate Chris’s case,” said Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.

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