Wizards' Songaila to have surgery on herniated disc

WASHINGTON -- Washington Wizards forward Darius Songaila
will have back surgery for a herniated disc and be sidelined up to
three months.

"I am very disappointed that I will not be out there with my
new teammates," Songaila said in a statement on Tuesday. "I plan
to work hard and look forward to getting back on the court.
Unfortunately, surgery is my best option at this time."

The 6-foot-9 Songaila was injured while playing for Lithuania's
national team at the world championships in August. He was
sidelined during the preseason and didn't see improvement in his

"We tried a number of methods of treatment and rehabilitation
but have been advised by our medical staff that the best course of
action at this time is for Darius to have this injury surgically
repaired," Wizards president of basketball operations Ernie
Grunfeld said.

The Wizards travel to Cleveland for its season-opening game on
Wednesday night.

Songaila was signed as a free agent this offseason after
averaging a career-high 9.2 points and 4.0 rebounds in 62 games for
the Chicago Bulls last season.