The Sacramento Kings have annouced via their website that forward Carl Landry will have surgery on Tuesday morning after an MRI revealed a torn left hip flexor which he suffered during training camp. According to the team he is expected to miss about three to four months.
Landry, a six-year NBA veteran, was just beginning his second stint with the Sacramento Kings. His first stint lasted the latter half of the ’09-’10 season and the first half of the following ’10-’11 season. Landry was much better during the 28 games of the 09-10 seasons and started all 28 games he appeared in. He averaged 18.0 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game during those 28 games. The following season he was not in the starting five very often and started just 16 out of 54 games played while averaging 11.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
Last season with the Golden State Warriors Landy played in 81 games but almost always came of the bench. During the season he averaged 10.8 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per game while shooting 54% from the field, and even had seven double-doubles. He was expected to play a similar role this season with the Kings, but now someone else will be forced to step up.
This injury also comes as a big blow for a team looking to create a new identity for themselves under new owenership after the last few seasons have been tough to watch.