Knicks PG Ron Baker is officially out for the rest of the season as he will undergo arthroscopic shoulder stabilization, per Newsday's Al Iannazzone. His surgery is set for Wednesday.
Baker was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder and torn labrum, the team announced Wednesday. Expected recovery for his surgery is 4-6 months.
Baker was averaging 2.4 points and 1.6 assists in 29 games this season, while averaging 13.3 minutes per game.
The Knicks have been primarily using Jarrett Jack and Frank Ntilikina at point guard this season, with Trey Burke also getting a serious look since being recalled from the G League on Jan. 14.
The 24-year-old Baker signed a two-year, $8.9 million deal with the Knicks prior to this season.
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With Ron Baker potentially out for the season, this could change things up a bit for the Knicks in their final 30 games. It should equate to more minutes for Frank Ntilikina and Trey Burke. Both Ntilikina and Burke should be playing a majority of the minutes over Jarrett Jack. The problem is that still isn't happening. With Baker down, it could mean the Knicks keep Jack so they have three point guards.
Jack should become the insurance option here unless the Knicks bring someone else in. Baker wasn't doing much of anything this season, but he was playing good defense. He had lost a lot of confidence in his shots and was shooting a miserable 33% from the field and three-point range. It would be nice to see more of Baker and the youth down the stretch, but that won't be happening now. It will be interesting to see how the Knicks manage their backcourt at the trade deadline. They probably won't make a trade now due to the injury.