LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill underwent left hip surgery on Wednesday that will sideline him for the remainder of the season, the NBA club announced.
The operation was performed in Nashville, Tennessee, by Thomas Byrd, who removed loose fragments in Hill's hip and repaired a torn labrum as well as performing a microfracture procedure.
Hill, 25, is not expected to return to full strength until late July at the earliest.
The fourth-year NBA player was averaging career bests of 6.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in 29 games for the Lakers before suffering the injury. He had not played for the Lakers since January 6.
Hill was the eighth overall selection in the 2009 NBA Draft, taken by the New York Knicks. Hill was with Houston last season until being obtained by the Lakers in a trade for veteran point guard Derek Fisher.
The Lakers signed hill to a two-year contract before this season began.
The loss of Hill adds to a season of bad news for the Lakers, who were expected to be title contenders with star guard Steve Nash and big man Dwight Howard joining playmaker Kobe Bryant and Spain's Pau Gasol.
Instead, the team has battled injuries and struggled to work together. The Lakers are 17-24, four games behind Houston for the last Western Conference playoff berth, and have lost eight of their past 10 games.
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