Kings general manager Dean Lombardi is concerned that Willie Mitchell's knee injury could cause him to miss next season, possibly even ending his career.
Mitchell had two surgeries on his knee, which was injured during the lockout, and the Kings GM expressed his worry over the 35-year-old's availability for next season. In terms of his career, that's what I think we have to figure out now where he is health-wise in terms of his career," Lombardi said. ... "Now I'm getting some information - and I don't like speaking to it because I don't have it all, but I guess it's safe to say there would be a legitimate concern now whether he plays next year. But that could be premature. Let's just say now, though, it's possible, where I wouldn't have thought it possible." Mitchell has another year left on his deal at $3.5 million, and there's a chance he could be bought out this offseason.