UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Boston Celtics second-year center Vitor Faverani traveled to Spain this weekend to get a second opinion on a balky left knee and, pending the results, could require a second minor surgery to alleviate lingering swelling.
Faverani underwent surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus and had hoped to be ready for the start of training camp, but has been sidelined for nearly all of the the team's activities this month due to the swelling. Stevens said earlier this week that Faverani has undergone a series of MRIs with Celtics' team doctors, but that they had not revealed any obvious change, but Faverani remains bothered by pain and swelling.
With both Faverani and the Celtics seemingly frustrated with the lack of progress, the team signed off on Faverani returning to Spain, where he started his professional basketball career, to consult with a more familiar doctor. Stevens believes an assistant of team physician Dr. Brian McKeon accompanied Favearni on the trip.
"We’re going to find out more [Sunday]," said Stevens. "He’s getting a second opinion [Sunday]. If that second opinion comes back that he needs extra work, then he would potentially have a clean-up type of surgery again on his knee on Monday. But that will not be determined until that second opinion happens."
Why the overseas second opinion?
"You’d have to ask him and [team trainer] Ed [Lacerte] and McKeon," said Stevens. "I think it was just he wanted another opinion and comfort level and everything else. Our docs are great for a lot of reasons and one of the reasons is because they want to get these guys the most comfort and as much insight as possible. That’s why he’s over there."
Faverani averaged 4.4 points and 3.5 rebounds over 13.2 minutes per game in 37 appearances last season. He opened his rookie season as the team's starting center, but faded a bit and ultimately spent time with the Maine Red Claws of the D-League, where he believes he originally injured the knee in February.
Faverani is set to earn $2.1 million this season in the second year of a three-year pact he inked with Boston in the summer of 2013. The final season of his deal is nonguaranteed.