After missing the end of the season after having heart surgery, Chris Wilcox has agreed to a new deal with the Celtics, reports ESPN.com. He was cleared for contact last week: “Free agent center Chris Wilcox, who spent part of the 2011-12 season with the Boston Celtics before a heart ailment cut his year short, will re-sign with the team, according to a league source. Barring an unexpected use of the biannual exception, Wilcox will return on a minimum deal of $1.35 million for a 10-year veteran (though the league picks up a large portion of that move, putting Boston on the hook for merely $854,389 next season). Last year he played for the taxpayers’ mini-midlevel exception of $3 million. Wilcox appeared in 28 games last season, averaging 5.4 points and 4.4 rebounds over 17.2 minutes per game before a routine screening in March detected an aortic irregularity. He underwent heart surgery later that month at the Cleveland Clinic. Wilcox only this past week resumed basketball activities, but once he completes his rehab he will add much-needed frontcourt depth to the Celtics.”
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