Sacramento Kings power forward Carl Landry will miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season due to a medial meniscus tear in his right knee, the team announced. An MRI on Saturday revealed the severity of the injury, which will require surgery.
Landry, who already missed five games with a "sore knee," initially injured himself last month. He never recovered from that issue, which led to the MRI over the weekend. Unfortunately, the procedure revealed a tear in Landry's meniscus, similar to the one that's sidelined Derrick Rose most of this season.
Signed to a multi-year deal during the offseason, Landry appeared in just 18 games for Sacramento this year. Expected to fill a key role after starring off the bench for Golden State last season, he averaged just 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game before going down.
The Kings still owe Landry $6.5 million annually through the 2016-17 season, so it's not surprising they're being cautious during a lost season. By undergoing the procedure soon, there's little reason to believe Landry would miss any of next season.