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Knicks say more clarity on when Porzingis could return to action could be known in the near future

BC, Riga, 12.09.2018.Print version

Kristaps Porzingis is back in New York, arriving from Latvia on Sunday, and ready to undergo further testing this week to give Knicks management a clearer picture on when he might make his season debut, accrodgin to the New York Post reports LETA. 

Porzingis left for Europe in mid-April to continue his rehab from knee surgery, and team president Steve Mills had said the franchise would know more about his timetable in September — at the seventh-month mark.

During a “town hall” forum with select Knicks season-ticket holders Monday night, Mills was asked by a fan whether it’s better if Porzingis sits out the season rather than return on Christmas Day — which the fan claimed was the league’s prediction. The Knicks were put on the holiday national TV schedule against the Bucks — the club against which he was injured.

“Our goal is to not to do anything that jeopardizes KP’s future as being one of the foundational pieces of this team,” Mills said Monday before several hundred fans. “He’s back. We’ll have some medical evaluations this week and we’ll start to develop what the right plan is for him to come back. But we’re not going to do anything to jeopardize the future of the franchise. We’re going to stay true to that.’’

Mills may know more by Thursday when he holds a press conference in advance of the Knicks beginning training camp Monday. The season opener is October 17 against Atlanta.

While new coach David Fizdale and members of the training staff visited Porzingis in Latvia, Mills did not, though he said he had several “phone conversations and texts.”

“KP is engaged — we’re in a good place with him,” Mills said of his formerly disgruntled star.

Porzingis rehabbed much of the summer with Real Madrid instead of staying in New York to work at the Hospital of Special Surgery. He is not expected to get his rookie contract extended as the Knicks look to preserve cap space for 2019, when they can re-sign him and go over the cap per NBA rules.

Fizdale rehashed his trip to Latvia in late July, saying Porzingis had “an engaging personality.”

“I felt I knew him already,” Fizdale said. “I had my offense and defense ready to show him, but we didn’t watch one speck of film.”

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