ORLANDO - Center Spencer Hawes is going to see a specialist about his sore left Achilles tendon and he will not play again until after the all-star break at the earliest, according to team president Rod Thorn.
"That determination isn't for sure yet, but the odds are that he probably will," Thorn said when asked if Hawes would be out until after the all-star break. "We certainly don't want him going back out there until he's ready to play."
Hawes has missed 15 of the last 17 games because of the injury and 16 overall this season. He has already had an MRI exam on the tendon that came back negative. He missed one game earlier this year with a sore lower back
He later had an MRI exam on his back so that the Sixers could determine whether Hawes' body was in proper alignment. That exam also came back negative.
After Hawes missed 11 games from Jan. 16 to Feb. 4, he returned for games against Atlanta and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Going into Wednesday, the Sixers were 12-2 in games with Hawes and 8-7 in games without him. Hawes is averaging 10.5 points and 8.3 rebounds this season.
Thorn spent a good part of Wednesday afternoon on the phone with Hawes and his agent, Greg Lawrence, and they decided that now is a good time to have a specialist look at the injury.
"That's what you always do with a player if he's not coming on as well as you'd like for it to be going," Thorn said. "You get a second opinion, and that's what we're going to do."
While the Sixers don't appear to be a likely landing spot for Orlando center Dwight Howard, Sixers forward Andre Iguodala talked about what Howard brings to Orlando and what he will bring to his new team when he is, as most believe he will be, traded at the trade deadline.
"He's one of a kind with what he brings to the table," Iguodala said. "He makes it so easy for that team defensively. You can have a lot of liabilities around him and he can cover for them - that's a great luxury to have.