Cavs' Hughes has finger surgery, out 8 weeks

CLEVELAND -- High-scoring Cavaliers guard Larry Hughes underwent surgery Friday at the Cleveland Clinic to repair his broken right middle finger.

The oft-injured Hughes is expected to miss eight weeks.

Hughes, 26, is the team's second-leading scorer, averaging 16.2 points and 3.9 assists. He started the first 28 games for the Cavaliers before sitting out Wednesday night at Milwaukee. The
Cavaliers are 1-1 in his absence.

The Cavaliers knew that Hughes had a history of injuries when
they signed him to a five-year, $60 million contract in the

Hughes hasn't played a complete season since 1999-2000 and has
missed 97 games over the last five seasons with a list of injuries,
including a broken right thumb, broken left wrist, bruised left
knee, sprained right ankle and strained right shoulder.

Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry said Hughes is a tough
competitor who plays the game fearlessly and will get injured at

"He wanted to play the rest of this season with a broken finger," Ferry said. "The doctors said no, that they wanted this
taken care of."