DeClercq to miss up to two weeks

Updated: February 9, 2004, 11:31 AM ET
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando Magic center Andrew DeClercq will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee on Tuesday.

 Andrew DeClercq
DeClercq

DeClercq is expected to be sidelined 10-14 days. He played 31 minutes and had seven points and five rebounds in Orlando's 98-96 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

The Magic, who own the worst record in the NBA at 13-40, host Miami on Wednesday before breaking for All-Star weekend.

Power forward Drew Gooden and rookie Zaza Pachulia probably will split time in the middle. Steven Hunter also may see time at center.

The 31-year-old DeClercq has played in 51 of Orlando's 53 games, starting 36, and is averaging 3.2 points and 3.8 rebounds, while shooting 50 percent from the field.

A native of Clearwater, Fla., and a member of the University of Florida's 1994 Final Four team, DeClercq was acquired by Orlando from Cleveland in August 2000. He played in 77 games last season, averaging 4.7 points and 4.4 rebounds in 17.2 minutes.

The 6-10, 255-pound DeClercq has appeared in 559 NBA games with Golden State, Boston, Cleveland and Orlando, averaging 4.8 points and 4.2 rebounds.

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