Knicks brass has been in touch with Kristaps Porzingis all summer and feel good about how the rehab process is going. But the team is still not ready to put a firm timetable on his potential return date.
"As he meets certain milestones, we'll continue his rehab process all towards the direction of when he feels 100 percent comfortable and we feel 100 percent comfortable -- and we're not taking any risks with him -- then he'll be ready to come back," Knicks president Steve Mills said Thursday.
Knicks owner James Dolan said in May that Porzingis could miss the entire 2018-19 season, with the earliest potential return date being December.
And Knicks legend Walt Frazier doesn't think Porzingis will play this season.
"I don't see him playing next season," Frazier told SNY's Justine Ward in May. "I think they might sit him out. They had mentioned 10 months, so that's somewhere around January, February. Unless the Knicks are in the playoff hunt, I don't see them perhaps bringing him back next year."
New Knicks head coach David Fizdale spent time with Porzingis in Latvia earlier this summer, and spoke at the time about his rehab and future.
"We've talked about his rehab," Fizdale said. "We've talked about how we want to play, our style of play. Talked a lot about the culture that we're building. We wanna make sure that he comes back strong and healthy (from his ACL surgery) and we don't want to rush it. We've had some really good conversations. We talked about the kids we drafted. I've tried to make sure that he's -- we've been in communication on every decision that we've made."
The 22-year-old Porzingis averaged 22.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in 48 games with the Knicks last season before he tore his ACL in mid-February.
Fizdale said in the spring he believes the 7-foot-3 Porzingis represents the future of the NBA and "fits all the qualities of a megastar and a guy who can really propel a franchise forward to high places."