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REPORT: Bobby Portis won’t play in Knicks’ preseason opener due to rib injury

Bobby Portis, Knicks

New York Knicks power forward Bobby Portis won’t play in the team’s preseason opener against the Washington Wizards on Monday due to a hip injury.

Portis is suffering from a contused left rib.

Bobby Portis signed a two-year deal with the Knicks this summer. He split time last season with the Chicago Bulls and Wizards.

Portis averaged 14.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 50 games in 2018-19 while shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 39.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free-throw line.

The Knicks take on the Wizards again on Friday. We’ll see if Portis is healthy enough to play in that contest.

After missing out on stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving this summer, the Knicks used their cap space on a number of veteran free agents such as Portis, Julius Randle, Taj Gibson, Marcus Morris, Wayne Ellington, Elfrid Payton and Reggie Bullock.

Portis and the other veterans on the Knicks will look to help Dennis Smith Jr., Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson and rookie RJ Barrett develop the right way in the upcoming campaign.

New York had the worst record in the NBA last season. However, they should be more competitive this 2019-20 campaign with their offseason additions. Unfortunately, the Knicks likely won’t compete for a playoff spot.