Tyler Zeller was out for the Cavaliers against the Magic on Friday night, and he was listed as out due to a hip flexor. Turns out, he was having an appendectomy, according to John Michael, who does the Cavs play-by-play for the radio:
The recovery time should be about 3-4 weeks, and he should only miss a few games in November. He will be in an uphill battle in the race for minutes this season, as they have Anthony Bennett, Earl Clark, Andrew Bynum, and Anderson Varejao in their front court, and they will all see minutes. He is known as a guy who is solid, but won’t be a star. Zeller’s ceiling is probably a guy like Nick Collison who plays on the Thunder. He is entering his second season in the NBA, and if he can defend, Mike Brown will probably find some time for him. He averaged 7.9 points and 5.7 rebounds in 79 games last season for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Watch for the Cavs to compete for a playoff spot this season.