Gay (Achilles) underwent successful surgery on Monday, James Ham of CSN reports.
This is good news for the Kings and Gay, as his doctor says he will be ready for the 2017-18 season. To make up the 18.7 points per game that Gay was responsible for this year, the Kings will look to a variety of guys such as Garrett Temple, Anthony Tolliver, Matt Barnes and Arron Afflalo.
Gay (Achilles) was scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery Monday.
Gay was diagnosed with a ruptured left Achilles tendon after exiting the Kings' Jan. 18 loss to the Pacers with the injury, which will require several months of rehab. It's an unfortunate setback for Gay, who could have been an appealing trade target for contending squads if the Kings decided to seek some form of compensation before he became an unrestricted free agent in July. It's possible that Gay may now elect to forgo free agency in light of the significant injury, as he may prefer to accept his $14.3 million player option for 2017-18 in an attempt to rebuild his value on the open market for the following summer. In the meantime, Garrett Temple is expected to serve as the Kings' starting small forward, while Gay's absence should also open up additional time for the likes of Anthony Tolliver, Matt Barnes and Arron Afflalo.
An MRI on Thursday confirmed Gay suffered a fully torn left Achilles during Wednesday's game against the Pacers, Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 in Sacramento reports. Gay will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the 2016-17 season.
The MRI confirmed the Kings' worst fears after Gay had to be carried off the court Wednesday night. The forward, who was averaging 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game, will undergo surgery in the coming days and is expected to face a lengthy recovery that could stretch into the beginning of next season. The injury is particularly troublesome given Gay's status as a potential free agent this summer. The veteran was expected to opt out and seek a new, longer-term deal, but given the severity of the injury, he'll now have to consider exercising his $14.3 million player option to remain in Sacramento in 2017-18. The Kings and Gay will cross that bridge when they get there, but in the immediate future, the likes of Omri Casspi (calf), Matt Barnes and Anthony Tolliver will all see increased minutes, with Barnes likely to move into the starting lineup, initially.
The Kings medical staff indicated that Gay may have suffered a torn left Achilles' tendon in Wednesday's game against the Pacers, but will undergo an MRI on Thursday to confirm, Marc J. Spears of ESPN reports.
A torn Achilles would likely spell the end of the season for Gay, who recently returned from a hip injury. The veteran has had a nice season for the Kings thus far, seeing a bit of a resurgence with 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 0.9 blocks per contest over 29 affairs this season. More on his status should surface following the MRI on Thursday, but early indications aren't promising.
Gay went down with a non-contact injury in Wednesday's game against the Pacers, Kings sideline reporter Kayte Christensen reports. He could not bear any weight on his left foot while leaving the court and was carried off.
An extended injury for Gay would be a huge blow for a Kings team that struggles to compete on a nightly basis. Gay posted double-doubles in each of his last two games and likely finishes his night against the Pacers with 21 points (8-13 FG, 3-4 3PT, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, two steals and one block. The team should provide an update on his status ahead of Friday's game against Memphis, but the initial signs don't appear good.
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