According to the Sacramento Kings, Rudy Gay underwent successful surgery on his left Achilles tendon Monday morning and should be ready for training camp and the start of the 2017-18 NBA season.
"Rudy Gay underwent surgery on Monday, January 23, to repair his ruptured Achilles' tendon on his left leg at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York,” Dr. Martin O’Malley said via press release. “The surgery was successful and there are no complications or unexpected findings. He will be on crutches and in a boot for the next six weeks. He will start physical therapy in two weeks and formal rehabilitation at eight weeks post-surgery. It is anticipated that he will be able to participate in training camp and be ready to play at the start of next season."
Gay, 30, injured his Achilles late in the second quarter of the Kings’ loss to the Indiana Pacers last week. At the time of the injury, Gay was averaging 18.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
“Dr. O'Malley did an exceptional job and I am truly thankful for him and his team,” Gay said via the press release. “I am expected to make a full and complete recovery within the next few weeks and plan to resume on court activities by early summer. I am 100% committed to returning stronger than ever and will work extremely hard to get there.”
Gay is expected to miss the remainder of the season. He is under contract for next year with the Kings at $14.2 million, but he has a player option which allows him to become an unrestricted free agent.
Before the injury, Gay had informed Sacramento of his intentions to exercise that option, but the injury puts that decision in question.
For the third time in a month, the NBA admitted the Kings were victims of an incorrect call late in a loss.
With 1:10 remaining in overtime and the Kings and Spurs tied 102-102 on Friday night, San Antonio guard DeMar DeRozan started to drive into the lane. According to the NBA's Last Two Minute Report, which was released Saturday, DeRozen should be been called for a travel when he came to a stop.
Upon further review, it appears DeRozen's feet slide when he lands after a jump-stop. No call was made and 13 seconds later, Patty Mills was fouled on a missed 3-point attempt.
"DeRozan (SAS) gathers the ball and comes to a stop on two feet, and then slides both feet forward prior to releasing the pass," the league wrote.
Mills only made one of three free throws, but in reality, he never should have gotten three free throws. The Kings should have been granted possession with the game tied and 70 seconds left on the clock.
Instead, San Antonio took a one-point lead and went on to win 105-104.
On Nov. 26, the NBA announced that refs missed a traveling call on Boston's Marcus Smart, who would hit the game-winning shot.
Just 10 days before that, the NBA admitted that refs missed a foul call on LeBron James late in the Kings' 99-97 loss to the Lakers.
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At a certain point, the NBA needs to hold its refs accountable, right? How many calls do they have to blow before someone is disciplined?
But if the refs are going to continue to miss calls, maybe one or two can go the Kings' way.
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The Kings will get second-year big man Marvin Bagley soon.
Sacramento just isn't sure exactly when.
But Bagley, who was cleared for contact earlier in the week, was upgraded to questionable Saturday, according to The Sacramento Bee.
The Kings face MVP candidate Luka Doncic and the Mavericks in Dallas on Sunday.
After practice on Saturday, Bagley told The Athletic's Jason Jones that he doesn't feel the need to play against Doncic, the player he was drafted before and will forever be compared to.
"I’m going in the right direction, I’m almost there," Bagley told Jones. "It’s around the corner for me, I think it’s around the corner. It’s hard to say when, but I’ll be back soon."
Bagley suffered a fractured right thumb in the Kings' season-opening loss to the Suns and has missed 20 games because of the injury.
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The Kings are in desperate need of Bagley's scoring. After winning seven of 10 games to bring their record to 7-8, the Kings have lost five of their last six and currently sit at 8-13.
The imminent return of Bagley and the looming return of De'Aaron Fox will be a welcome sight for the Kings.