DECEMBER 21ST, 11:58am: Moreland had surgery today and is expected to resume basketball activities in eight weeks, tweets Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee.
DECEMBER 16TH, 6:30pm: Power forward Eric Moreland will be out of action indefinitely after sustaining a fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot during practice today, the Kings announced. Moreland will require surgery and Sacramento will announce the timetable for his return after the procedure has been performed, according to the team’s release.
Moreland’s minimum salary deal includes a partial guarantee of $200K and it will become fully guaranteed on January 10th. Sacramento would still be on the hook for the full amount of his contract if it were to waive Moreland prior to him being medically cleared to play, which isn’t likely going to occur before that deadline given the severity of his injury. The Kings currently possess the league maximum of 15 players on their roster, which means a corresponding move would be required if the team wished to add a replacement player.
The 23-year-old has appeared in five contests for the Kings this season, averaging 0.8 points and 1.2 rebounds on 66.7% shooting in just 4.8 minutes per game.