(NEW YORK) — The Sacramento Kings were expecting big things from power forward Carl Landry this season, but unfortunately for the team Landry will miss 3 to4 months with a hip injury.
During the offseason, the team signed Landry to a four-year, $26 million contract.
Landry now needs to undergo surgery on a hip flexor. He suffered the injury at a training camp practice. He isn’t expected back until close to the All-Star break.
Aside from his on-the-court production, the Kings were relying on Landry for his veteran presence. The Kings roster is full of young players, and the team was hoping Landry could help stabilize the locker room.
Last season was the first time the 30-year-old Landry played all 82 games in a single season while with the Golden State Warriors. Still, this will be Landry’s second time with the Kings. He last played for the team during the 2010-2011 season, and served as a valuable bench player during that time while also making spot starts.
In six NBA seasons, Landry is averaging 11.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
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Jill Martin, CNN
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