Knicks C Joakim Noah had arthrosopic surgery on his left knee on Monday and will be reevaluated in three-to-four weeks, the team announced.
He is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to the surgery, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported.
Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said Noah could potentially return before the season ends, but didn't seem optimistic, reports Ian Begley of ESPN.
Noah hasn't played since Feb. 4 due to a strained left hamstring.
He missed time earlier this season due to a sprained left ankle, and played through discomfort in his right shoulder.
Noah, who missed the end of last season due to surgery on his left shoulder, has averaged 5.0 points and 8.8 rebounds in 46 games this season.
The Knicks signed the 32-year-old to a four-year deal worth $72 million this past offseason.
Willy Hernangomez has been starting at center recently in Noah's absence.
The writing appeared to be on the wall with Noah's latest injury. He's been out quite a while and there were very few updates regarding a potential return date.
The Knicks knew when they signed him that Noah was an injury-prone player. He didn't look like the same player last season and has struggled to be productive and play meaningful minutes during his time in orange and blue.
Noah's contract could stand to be a huge problem for New York going forward. As it is, the team signed him in hopes that he'd play a key role on an otherwise competitive team. Neither of those things has happened.
Now that the team will need to regroup and be open to an injection of youth, it makes sense to shop all their remaining veterans, Noah included. But his underachieving campaign and inability to stay healthy will make him incredibly difficult to move. After signing a four-year deal, one could have predicted this would be a potential issue down the road. For it to be coming to the forefront so quickly is unfortunate.
The silver lining here is that Noah's injury won't put pressure on the Knicks to find minutes for him. He hasn't proven himself to be deserving, but his veteran reputation gave him credibility. There already had been criticism of the big man being overpaid because he hasn't playing the minutes to justify the means.
Now, the Knicks have the green light to fully gear Hernangomez and Kyle O'Quinn up for the notable roles they could serve in for the foreseeable future. There's a huge opportunity at hand for both of them.