Carl Landry out remainder of season with torn meniscus in right knee

Carl Landry looks over as the Kings take on the Memphis Grizzlies (Photo: Tobin Halsey)

Carl Landry’s season is done.

A league source has informed Cowbell Kingdom that Landry will miss the remainder of the 2013-14 campaign after an MRI revealed a medial meniscus tear in his right knee.  The injury will require season-ending surgery, finishing off a disastrous first year for the Sacramento Kings’ biggest free agent splash last summer.

The 30-year-old forward has missed the team’s previous five games with what was initially called a sore right knee.  He traveled with the team on its season-long seven-game road trip, but will miss the Kings’ remaining 20 games.

This is the second major injury this season for the seven-year veteran.  During training camp he sustained a tear in his left hip flexor that required surgery and nearly four months of rehab.  Landry made his return on Jan. 19, but never returned to form as one of the most efficient bench post scorers in the game.

Landry became the first free agent acquisition of the Vivek Ranadivé/Pete D’Alessandro era when he signed a four-year, $26 million deal last summer.  Since then, he has played a total of 18 games in a Kings uniform this season.  He finishes the year averaging a disappointing 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 13 minutes per game.

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James Ham provides coverage through news analysis and in-depth interviews with Kings players and staff. James is also one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary "Small Market, Big Heart". James graduated UC Davis with a degree in history and is happily married with two children.