Kristaps Porzingis is progressing from his ACL surgery, but there is still a chance he may not play this season.
The Knicks released a statement on Friday that said the 7-foot-3 forward underwent revent evaluation by the team's medical staff and that he has made good progress with rehabilitation.
"Once he reaches the remaining rehab benchmarks, he will advance to on-court team drills and activities. He will be re-evaluated in mid-February," the statement read.
Knicks president Steve Mills added that Porzingis is participating in 1-0 non-contact drills with coaches.
"We feel good about the progress but we're still a ways away," he said, per ESPN's Ian Begley.
Whether or not Porzingis could play his first game in February, Mills was unsure.
"I don't know," he said, per Marc Berman of the New York Post. "I won't know until after we do these next round of testing. I'm saying we won't know when he will play until we do the next set of testing, which is in mid-February."
Porzingis had his ACL surgery on his left knee on Feb. 13, 2017, so mid-February would be the one-year anniversary of the injury.
If he is not cleared for games by then, it is realistic that Porzingis does not play at all this season.
Knicks head coach David Fizdale expressed in November he was optimistic Porzingis could return this season and Mills is also hopeful to see the 22-year-old All-Star back this season, too.
"I think we would like him to play and hope that he plays as soon as he's comfortable playing," Mills said. "We'd like him to get on the court, we'd love to see him play, but we also acknowledge that he is a really, really important part of the long-term future of this franchise. And the one thing we're not going to do is take any real risk with a 22-year-old player in his position."
There was some confusion earlier this season on just how much Porzingis was progressing when Fizdale said the forward had not even begun sprinting yet.
Porzingis responded by posting photos of himself sprinting on his Instagram story.
The two eventually cleared the air and called it a miscommunication.