Knicks’ Reggie Bullock finally cleared for full practice participation
The New York Knicks made a handful of free-agent signings over the past summer, including sharpshooter Reggie Bullock, whom they envisioned getting an expanded role in their offense.
The Knicks reworked Bullock’s original agreement with the club due to an injury issue, and he then underwent surgery for a cervical disc herniation, which has kept him sidelined ever since. As of Tuesday, Bullock has been cleared to return to practice in full, which could mean that his return isn’t that far off on the horizon:
Medical Update: Reggie Bullock (cervical surgery) has been cleared for full participation in practice, beginning tomorrow.
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) December 17, 2019
Bullock split last season between the Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Lakers, finishing with an average of 11.3 points per game for the second consecutive year. Known for his 3-point shooting prowess, Bullock scuffled at points, ending the year at 37.7 percent from behind the arc, a marked downturn from the 2017-18 campaign in which he shot 44.5 percent from long range.
The Knicks could use his offensive contributions, as they rank 27th in the league in made 3s per game (10.4) and 24th in 3-point percentage (34.4). With Wayne Ellington (who was also signed with his long-range marksmanship in mind) currently out of the mix, Bullock could see significant minutes off the bench immediately upon his return.
The situation in New York already varies drastically from what it was when Bullock signed his two-year deal in July. Head coach David Fizdale has been removed, and a season that started with promise has seen the franchise jump out to a 6-21 mark, tied for the worst record in the Eastern Conference. Bullock’s return won’t immediately vault the team up the standings, but he should serve as a solid two-way contributor for a team in need of a steadying hand.