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Devin Carter expected to undergo shoulder surgery

Carter's return timetable is not yet known.
By | 29 Comments | Jul 7, 2024

Jun 26, 2024; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Devin Carter arrives before the first round of the 2024 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento Kings rookie Devin Carter is expected to require surgery on his injured shoulder, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. According to Shams, there is no known timetable for his recovery, but he is expected to be fine long term.

This is obviously frustrating, but the Kings knew about this injury before the draft, based on Monte McNair’s comments since the draft. This could be why Carter fell and was available for the Kings with the 13th pick, despite being higher on many draft boards. It will be interesting when the Kings issue an official press release on this and we can get a better idea of what this mystery injury actually is, as well as an expected time frame.

Hopefully Carter doesn’t miss too much of his rookie season. This could explain the Kings adding yet another guard when they signed Jordan McLaughlin, but I personally think the McLaughlin signing made sense either way. Even with a healthy Carter, the Kings still needed another backup point guard who was truly a point guard.

Here’s hoping for a speedy recovering for Devin Carter.

Update:

Right after hitting publish I saw this tweet from Damian Barling that he’s hearing a 6-8 month timeline:

And a little insight from former Kings trainer Pete Youngman:

 

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RobHessing
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July 7, 2024 3:01 pm

Get well soon, Devin.

I wonder if the Kings can get a medical exception if Carter’s rehab is prolonged. The extra $4.8m under the apron could come in handy.

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July 8, 2024 8:59 am
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Lemons into lemonade, and all that.

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July 7, 2024 3:10 pm

Bummer to hear. Hoping the recovery goes well and it isn’t serious.

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July 7, 2024 3:36 pm

Cue the Youngman Seinfeld gifs.

Sounds like DC will be good to go fairly early in the season. No biggie here, especially with the amount of wing depth on the roster.

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July 7, 2024 6:02 pm
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December or January if the 6-8 month timeline is true.

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July 7, 2024 3:51 pm

Timetable is aligned with a rotator cuff repair. I’ve had it. It’ll be fine. If he were a major league pitcher I might be concerned but as a basketball player, it’s not a big deal. It’s a brutal recovery, but you recover 100%. I was hoping for just an impingement surgery, which I’ve also had, and that is 4-6 weeks, but alas, it’s likely rotator cuff with that timetable.

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July 7, 2024 5:33 pm

Hopefully it is something that won’t affect his future. I just don’t fully trust because it started as, no big deal. Now it’s 6-8 months? That seems long but as long as he’s ok after healing.

Peplowski
July 7, 2024 5:42 pm

If it’s 6-8 months, he will not be contributing this year. I’d assume shooting is pretty limited for most of the recovery period and being out until January at the earliest(if what Damien Barling mentioned hearing is true) will have him way behind in terms of development and the ability to practice with the team. Not good for a guy that was slotted to help right away.

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July 7, 2024 6:00 pm
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6-8 months seems awfully long. I guess on the plus size, because the injury is as bad as it is, the kings might’ve gotten them selves a top 10 pick in Carter.

Provided that heals 100% could’ve been a real steel. Maybe top seven.

but I don’t love how long

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July 7, 2024 10:00 pm
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Holding on to huerter until the trade deadline unless an offer we love can be helpful now

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July 7, 2024 6:17 pm

I feel like I know the answer to this question but want to throw it out there to the professionals. Carter as a first round pick has a 4 year contract. If this surgery sets back his start date substantially, will the recovery be part of the paid contract? If he misses enough time this year, does it not accrue a full season of service and extend his contract? I see the talent but wonder about the potential lost development chance and the investment involved.

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July 7, 2024 8:47 pm
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He gets paid his full contract & it counts on his contract run. The Kings can seek a medical exception to re-claim his salary cap space, but that does not affect Carter (though he would have to sit the entire season).

MidtownMike
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July 7, 2024 9:59 pm
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Only the player choosing to not play can make them not acrue the time i believe

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July 7, 2024 6:27 pm

Doesn’t matter much. He is going to be fine. Let’s hope he turns out to be a good NBA player.

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July 7, 2024 6:45 pm

Not expecting much from Carter this year, so it is a good thing we got DeRozan. 6 or 7 years from now, if he is as good as advertised, we aren’t going to remember this as a big deal.

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July 7, 2024 7:12 pm
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Michael Porter sat out a year plus. He’s turned out pretty good as a 14 pick.

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July 7, 2024 8:48 pm
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Embiid. Simmons. Noel. Holmgren.

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July 8, 2024 6:33 am
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Scottie Pippen

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July 8, 2024 3:56 pm
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(begrudgingly acknowledging) Blake Griffin

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July 7, 2024 9:15 pm

This all makes sense, we just haven’t gotten a PF yet. Carter is redshirt, McLaughlin is a nice facilitating PG behind Fox. Derozen is a dream pairing with Fox at the 2 guard, and Monk a great backup to Derozan. Huerter a great flex piece at 2 or 3 behind Keegan for shooting. We have to get a legit power forward. Doesn’t have to be prime Kevin Garnett but must be a tough rebounder and defender with size.

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July 7, 2024 9:57 pm
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Derozan is a sf

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July 8, 2024 1:22 pm
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He’s 6’6” in shoes. He’s a small forward like Kobe was a small forward, which he wasn’t. This team already lacks a ton of strength and size. They’re starting Fox Derozan and Keegan and Keegan is definitely not a power forward or shooting guard.

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July 8, 2024 5:40 am
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How about John Collins?

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July 8, 2024 7:12 am
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Okay, Jack. You are jinxing any of the players you mention coming here, lol.

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July 8, 2024 7:51 am

OT: 16 mins of King DeRozan . It looks good. What do you guys think?

Last edited 5 days ago by TerzoM
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July 8, 2024 9:01 am

Typical McNair. Couldn’t close the deal on Carter’s entire body being healthy.

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July 8, 2024 11:53 am
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Typical Monte McNearly. Why couldn’t he ensure Carter’s health? I have questions.

Last edited 4 days ago by BuiltToSpill
Kosta
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July 8, 2024 9:03 am

It’s fine.

He’ll clearly be back in time for the Western Conference Finals.

Last edited 5 days ago by Kosta
RikSmits
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July 8, 2024 9:37 am

Not ideal, for something that was first waved away as a minor issue.

I hope it will turn out to be minor and that surgery will go well and the recovery speedy. But then he has a lot of catching up to do in order to become a contributor.

Sneaky smart that they only released this news after the DeRozan news, otherwise reactions might have been somewhat different, I guess.

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