Former Arizona Wildcats post player Jordan Hill will miss the rest of the NBA season because on an injured left hip, the Los Angeles Lakers announced late Friday night.
Hill has “loose fragments in addition to a possible labral tear,” according to a release from the team, which added that Hill has been advised he will need surgery. The release went on to say Hill is expected to get a second opinion before scheduling surgery.
The Lakers acquired Hill late last season in a trade with Houston and have been using him as their top backup big man. Hill, a fourth-year pro, was having his most productive NBA season, averaging 6.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in only 15.8 minutes per game.
Hill, who made about $8 million in his first three years in the league, signed a two-year $7.1 million contract in the offseason.
His former Arizona teammate, Chase Budinger, has had a tough season, too. He was off to a good start with his new team, averaging 11.8 points in six games for the Minnesota Timberwolves, before suffering torn meniscus in his left knee.
He is aiming for a possible return in March.
Sorry to hear abt my friend @jordanchill43 with his season ending injury
— chase budinger (@CBudinger) January 12, 2013