Kings’ Carl Landry could miss part of 2015-16 season after surgery on wrist injured in January

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Carl Landry missed five games in January with a wrist injury.

Then, he returned to play 32 more games for the going-nowhere Kings.

Now?

Kings release:

Sacramento Kings forward Carl Landry underwent successful surgery this morning to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist, the team announced today. The procedure was performed by Dr. Michelle Carlson at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Landry experienced wrist soreness during the 2014-15 season, missing five games as a result (Jan. 16 – Jan. 23). An initial evaluation at that time by Dr. Carlson indicated surgery was not necessary. When pain in the wrist persisted during the offseason, Landry underwent an MRI early this week which revealed that a procedure was required to repair the injury.

Landry will begin rehabilitation immediately and is expected to be out approximately four to five months.

Maybe Landry didn’t need surgery in January, and his condition worsened over the next few months. But if he was misdiagnosed during the season, that’s obviously less than ideal.

Landry projects to return around the beginning of next season. He might not be a huge loss on the court – both because Sacramento probably won’t be in playoff contention next season anyway and because he might not even make George Karl’s rotation when healthy.

But this injury reduces the Kings’ already-limited ability to trade Landry, whom they owe $6.5 million each of the next two seasons.