Kevin Huerter To Undergo Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery

Kevin Huerter‘s 2023/24 season will come to an early end due to his left shoulder injury, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link). The Kings‘ wing will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum, agent Mark Bartelstein tells Wojnarowski.

The expectation is that Huerter will make a full recovery this offseason and will be ready for the start of the 2024/25 season, Woj adds.

Huerter spent the first four seasons of his career in Atlanta before being traded to Sacramento during the 2022 offseason in exchange for a protected first-round pick. The 25-year-old set new career highs in points per game (15.2) and three-point percentage (40.2%) during his first season as a King, but saw his role and his numbers dip this season as head coach Mike Brown made defense a greater priority.

Huerter averaged just 10.2 PPG on .443/.361/.766 shooting in 64 contests (24.4 MPG) this season before suffering his shoulder injury on March 18 vs. Memphis. The Kings announced last Thursday that he had been diagnosed with a left shoulder dislocation and a labral tear and that treatment options were still being evaluated.

In Huerter’s absence, Keon Ellis has moved into Sacramento’s starting lineup for the past five games and is averaging 27.0 minutes per contest, a significant step up from his season average. Davion Mitchell and Chris Duarte have also both seen more consistent playing time since Huerter went down.

The Kings are in the midst of a competitive race for playoff positioning in the Western Conference. They’re currently at No. 8 with a 42-30 record, though they’re only one game back of the No. 6 Mavericks. Finishing in the top six would assure the club of a playoff berth without having to win one ore more play-in games.

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