The Kings announced Monday forward Carl Landry will miss three to four months because of a torn hip flexor.
Landry, who suffered the injury in a recent practice, was scheduled to have surgery today in Philadelphia.
Landry signed a four-year contract worth $26 million in the offseason to return to Sacramento with coach Michael Malone, whom he played under with New Orleans and last season with Golden State.
"I love him as a kid," Malone said. "Obviously, this wasn't the news we all were hoping for. Our prayers go out to him. And obviously, when one man goes down, that's another opportunity for somebody else.
"As cold-blooded as it sounds, this train must keep moving on. We wish Carl the best, and we can't wait to have him back."
Landry's injury means more opportunities for Patrick Patterson to play power forward along with Jason Thompson. The Kings also can use Travis Outlaw and Luc Mbah a Moute as power forwards.
Landry was going to play a key role this season.
"Carl knew my system and kind of how we were doing things because we had been around each other on two different occasions," Malone said. "Carl off the bench is one of the better low-post scorers in the NBA. Carl scores down there, he gets to the foul line quite a bit, and he's a very efficient rebounder. Those things will be missed."
Injury update – Mbah a Moute (sore right knee) missed his second consecutive preseason game when the Kings hosted the Los Angeles Clippers at Sleep Train Arena on Monday night.
It's the same knee on which Mbah a Moute had surgery before last season and has forced him to miss time in each of the last two seasons.
Mbah a Moute said his knee is "getting better every day," and he hopes to return to the court next week.
"I played with it all summer, and I was good," Mbah a Moute said. "I played for the (Cameroon) national team and didn't have any issues, and in training camp it happened. It's just something I've got to watch, that's all."
Et cetera – The Kings used their third different starting lineup of the preseason – Greivis Vasquez and Marcus Thornton at guard, John Salmons and Thompson at forward and DeMarcus Cousins at center. Malone said he plans to settle on a starting lineup for the regular season by the fifth preseason game.
Mike Petrie, an assistant general manager for the Kings last season, was back at Sleep Train Arena as a scout for the Washington Wizards.
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