Etan Thomas to have heart surgery

Oct. 10, 2007 at 8:04 PM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Washington Wizards center Etan Thomas will undergo surgery Thursday to repair a leak of the aortic valve in his heart.

The decision was made after further evaluation Wednesday.

The six-year veteran out of Syracuse was not cleared to play this preseason after a routine physical last week revealed an abnormality.

The 6-foot-10 Thomas has career averages of 6.2 points and 5.1 rebounds in 347 NBA games over six seasons, all with the Wizards.

"This is a difficult situation, and we wish him the best," teammate Antawn Jamison said.

A team spokesman said there would be no further comment.

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