New York Knicks starting center Joakim Noah will be out for six months following right shoulder surgery, the team announced.
Noah, a former All-Star, had similar surgery last season with the Chicago Bulls that limited him to 29 games. He played in just 46 games this season after signing a four-year, $72 million deal with the Knicks last summer.
During his 10-year NBA career, Noah has played at least 75 games just twice.
The 32-year-old has been out of action since undergoing knee surgery in February. He was supposed to return to action in late March, but was suspended 20 games for testing positive for a supplement that contained Androgen, which is considered a performance-enhancing substance. He will miss the first 12 games of the 2017-18 season due to the suspension.