Cavaliers Center Walter Tavares Out Indefinitely with Hand Injury

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 13, 2017

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 12:  Edy Tavares #40 of the Cleveland Cavaliers runs up court during the game against the Toronto Raptors on April 12, 2017 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Cleveland Cavaliers center Walter Tavares is out indefinitely after suffering a hand injury.

According to Marc J. Spears of ESPN's The Undefeated, Tavares fractured his right hand during practice Thursday.

The 25-year-old Cape Verde native signed with the Cavs on April 12 and appeared in one regular-season game for the team, putting up six points, 10 rebound and six blocks.

Tavares also took part in one regular-season game for the Atlanta Hawks this season, but he spent the bulk of the campaign in the NBA Development League.

The 2014 second-round draft pick averaged 10.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game this season in the D-League, and he was named the NBA Development League Defensive Player of the Year.

Cleveland brought in Tavares after it lost center Andrew Bogut for the season because of injury, but he has not appeared in any of the team's eight playoff games.

Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love and Channing Frye will continue to be the Cavaliers' primary bigs entering the Eastern Conference Finals against either the Boston Celtics or Washington Wizards.

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