Charlotte Bobcats center Alexis Ajinca will have surgery on Friday, February 5, to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.  The surgery will be performed by Dr. Paul Perlik at Presbyterian Orthopaedic Hospital in Charlotte.

Ajinca, who is currently on assignment with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League, injured the thumb during the team’s game against the Idaho Stampede on January 27.  An MRI was performed by the Red Claws medical staff late last week, and Ajinca returned to Charlotte on Monday to see Dr. Perlik.

Following the surgery, Ajinca will be in a cast for six weeks before beginning rehab.

Ajinca was announced earlier today as a member of the Eastern Conference team for the NBA D-League All-Star Game.  In 22 games with the Red Claws, Ajinca is averaging 14.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots in 26.0 minutes played, while shooting .546 from the field (113-207) and .748 from the free-throw line (95-127).

The Charlotte Bobcats, who became the NBA’s 30th franchise when they joined the league in 2004-05, return to action tomorrow when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers at 10:30pm ET at Staples Center.  The game can be seen on SportSouth and heard on WFNZ 610 AM.