The Kings announced guard Jason Terry will not be with the team the rest of the season.
Terry was acquired from Brooklyn along with forward Reggie Evans for guard Marcus Thornton.
Terry has been bothered by his left knee most of the season and his having his worst season as a pro, averaging 4.5 points. Terry had surgery on the knee before the season.
The Kings plan to play young guards Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum a lot to close the season, so Terry’s role would have been limited.
“Our focus remains on reinventing this franchise and building a foundation for future success,” said Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro in a statement. “Affording Jason time to rehab during the balance of this season allows him to return at full strength next year while giving our younger players the minutes and experience needed to help us improve as a team going forward.”
Terry, 36, has one more year left on his contract.
“I want to thank the Kings for their understanding during this process,” said Terry in a statement. “Through my interactions with the front office and medical staff, it’s clear that the organization cares about its players and has their best interest at heart. I’m confident that rehab presents the best opportunity to be ready for next season.”