Mason will have surgery to repair deviated septum

The New Orleans Hornets announced Friday that injured forward Desmond Mason will have surgery to repair a deviated septum.

Mason will miss the remainder of the regular season thanks to the surgery. Should the Hornets make the playoffs, the team will re-evaluate his status, according to reports from the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Going into Friday's game against Phoenix, the Hornets were a game out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

"It's unfortunate that we will not have Desmond for the remainder of our regular season games, but our focus continues to be making the playoffs," Hornets General Manager Jeff Bower said, according to the Times-Picayune. "If we accomplish that goal, we are hopeful that he would be able to re-join us and provide us with the same leadership and tenacity that made him such a valuable part of our team this season."

Mason suffered a fractured cheek and nose as a result of an inadvertent elbow from Seattle's Chris Wilcox in overtime win over the Sonics on April 4.

He has averaged 13.7 points and 4.6 rebounds in 75 games this season.