Knicks news: Bobby Portis fined $25K after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope foul
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Knicks forward Bobby Portis fined $25,000 for flagrant foul on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

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The NBA has fined New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis for his Flagrant 2 foul on Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope during Tuesday’s contest.

Portis’ participation in the game was short-lived after nearly knocking KCP with a hard hit to his head from his shoulders (with the latter’s headband flying down the baseline). Portis was given a Flagrant 2 foul and promptly tossed from the game after playing just six minutes.

A day after the incident, the league has issued a $25,000 fine for the Knicks big man for “recklessly making contact” to Caldwell-Pope’s head/neck area.

Portis, who is pulling down $15 million in salary from the Knicks this season, may not be financially set back by the measure, but it should likely serve as a deterrent to wild block attempts.

It does not appear as if the league is going to force Portis to miss any more time due to the foul, as he is currently listed as active to play in the second leg of the team’s back-to-back versus the Utah Jazz.

It has been a season of acclimation for Bobby Portis, who has averaged just 9.9 points per game primarily as a reserve for New York. He has had to balance two head coaches, myriad lineup rotations and a team that has gotten off to a 10-27 start to the year.

He will look to finish strong over the final three-plus months of the year, as the Knicks hold a team option for 2020-21 that would pay Portis slightly below $16 million to return to the organization.