REPORT: Chance that Kristaps Porzingis returns around Christmas
The New York Knicks could be in line to receive the biggest (literally) NBA gift during the holiday season. According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, there’s a possibility that unicorn big man Kristaps Porzingis will finally make his return to action in December.
The Knicks will have a better idea of a Porzingis timetable in September — which will be seven months since February’s surgery. Sources have indicated there’s still a chance of Porzingis being back around Christmas.
The Latvian power forward/center appeared in only 48 games last season due to some injuries, none more devastating than the ACL tear in his left knee he suffered several before the All-Star break, which required surgery and forced him to miss the rest of the 2017-18 campaign.
While there is no definite date of when Porzingis can play with the Knicks again, the team is apparently optimistic that the 7-foot-3 big man could do that before the year ends.
The Knicks are not expected to contend for a title yet next season, so it’s only wise for them not to rush Porzingis back. That being said, Porzingis is set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the next season unless he and the Knicks could agree to an extension deal this summer. Porzingis, who was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, is eligible to receive a five-year extension deal worth $158 million, but such an offer could only be signed before the 2018-19 season comes around.