Here's the official press release:
The Boston Celtics announced today that center Vitor Faverani had successful left knee arthroscopy to repair a torn lateral meniscus at the New England Baptist Hospital. The procedure was performed by Celtics team physician Dr. Brian McKeon and was assisted by Jason Rand, PAC. Faverani will not return this season.
Faverani, a 6'11" center, has appeared in 37 games during his rookie season for the Celtics where he averaged 4.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.73 blocks in 13.2 minutes per game. He recorded a season-high of 13 point against Toronto on October 30 and recorded season-highs of 18 rebounds and six blocks against Milwaukee on November 1. Faverani also appeared in four games for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League on assignment this season where he averaged 12.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 block in 25.0 minutes per game.
Brad Stevens: Vitor's meniscus tear is "near the root," which is not good news. He's going to need significant rehab time.— Evans Clinchy (@evansclinchy) March 7, 2014
Vitor Faverani's injury has been a mystery every since the team recalled him from Maine in early February and we finally know the cause of his knee swelling. What surprises me is that the tear didn't reveal itself after two MRI's, but I'm not a doctor. Unless Faverani was trade bait, I don't see why the Celtics were cagey with his health status. Get well, big fella. You showed glimpses earlier in the season and you always reminded me of a Brazilian Bill Laimbeer.