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.