When Kristaps Porzingis will return to the court at Madison Square Garden is anyone’s guess.
New York Knicks team president Steve Mills updated the media on Thursday about Porzingis’ recovery from the torn ACL in his left knee that he suffered in February, and he didn’t commit to when the 7-foot-3 Latvian would suit up again.
“There are a series of tests that are constantly taking place to see exactly where he is in his rehab,” Mills said. “As he hits certain milestones we’ll continue his rehab process all towards the direction of when he feels 100 percent comfortable, when we feel 100 percent comfortable. We’re not taking any risks with him.”
In 48 games last season, Porzingis averaged 22.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. The 23-year-old is entering his fourth season.
He is eligible for a five-year, $157 million contract extension, which would have to be offered and signed by Oct. 31 or otherwise he would have to wait until after the season. The Knicks don’t seem to be in a hurry to get that done, but Mills said that shouldn’t dissuade Porzingis from staying with the Knicks.
“He’ll never feel like he’s not a cornerstone part of what we’re trying to do here,” Mills said. “He understands that. We make that crystal clear to him and his representation.”
By waiting until July to re-sign Porzingis as a restricted free agent, the Knicks would save about $10 million in cap space for 2019 free agents, the New York Daily News reported.
–Field Level Media