Breaking News: Jeff Pendergraph to have hip surgery

We’ve heard from a reliable source that power forward Jeff Pendergraph, the 31st pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, will have hip surgery this week and is expected to be out for the majority of the 2009-10 season. Pendergraph is said to have injured his hip participating in NBA assistant coach Tim Grgurich’s summer camp in Las Vegas this past August. The Blazers have neither confirmed nor denied this story. The team has yet to sign Pendergraph to a rookie contract.

Update 9:00 pm ET: We’ve received confirmation from the Blazers that Pendergraph is scheduled for left-hip surgery this Wednesday. Timetable for return will be set after the surgery, but as we reported earlier today, Pendergraph is expected to miss most of the season.

Tuesday Update: This from the Blazers Twitter account:

Trail Blazers sign Jeff Pendergraph, who will undergo hip surgery on Wednesday.

Nice to see the team taking care of their draft pick. I don’t think it’s too much to say that there’s a few teams in the league that wouldn’t have signed Pendergraph just to save a couple dollars.

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  • Storyteller

    Thanks for the info, Coup. I feel bad for Jeff – let’s hope he gets back on the court as quickly as possible.

    This would certainly explain why the Blazers haven’t yet signed Pendergraph to a contract – and also why they’re rumored to be trying out players like Howard and Swift.

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  • Raaaaaaaandy

    RCP… Always comin first with the hottest news

  • http://none richard coleman

    Hip Surgery? Is this to replace or resurface his hip, or is there something else going on? I wonder if he had a bad hip to begin with.

    A bad hip, in my opinion, would lead to persistent ongoing pain in the groin area. It would be very difficult to be a professional athlete with a bad hip.

    Bo Jackson was a freak of nature to come back from hip replacement and continue to be a professional athlete. Surgery on a hip is not a good sign that Pendergraph has a future as a professional athlete.

    Hip surgery, be it replacement and resurfacing, is something I have personal knowledge of…if it is to be some other kind of hip surgery I would be interested to know what it is and how invasive the surgery will be. Hip surgery is not something that normally occurs in young people.

  • ucatchtrout

    His injury was described as a “left hip impingement”. I can’t testify as to the seriousness of it, or the type of surgery that was done to correct it. However, I did learn from Google that this is fairly common among young basketball players and many are able to have arthoscopic surgery to successfully correct this problem.

    Here is one example…