Celtics' Kristaps Porzingis to have surgery for rare leg injury

Porzingis throws down electric jam to put Boston fans on their feet (0:27)

Kristaps Porzingis throws down the emphatic two-handed dunk on the baseline. (0:27)

Center Kristaps Porzingis, who played through a rare left leg injury as the Boston Celtics claimed their record-setting 18th NBA championship, will have surgery "in the coming days" and will miss the Olympics, it was announced Tuesday.

Porzingis suffered a torn retinaculum and dislocated posterior tibialis tendon in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on June 9. He missed Games 3 and 4, but he returned in Game 5 as the Celtics beat the Dallas Mavericks to win the title.

He had hoped to postpone the procedure until after he had competed for the Latvian national team in Paris, but the Celtics said in a statement that the injury "doesn't allow for consistent play at the level required for Olympic competition."

A timeline for Porzingis' return has yet to be determined, but he said earlier this month that the recovery process could take a "few months."

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Porzingis is still being evaluated for the next steps on how to proceed.

"Kristaps is still in the middle of consulting with some different doctors and specialists," Stevens said Tuesday. "... We'll have more of a timeline and recovery after the surgery."

Porzingis, who was acquired by Boston after the Celtics lost in the 2023 Eastern Conference finals to the Miami Heat, averaged 20.1 points and 7.2 rebounds for the Celtics during the regular season. He suffered a calf strain in Game 4 of Boston's first-round series vs. Miami, but returned in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

ESPN's Tim Bontemps and The Associated Press contributed to this report.