The more pressing questions that don't yet have definitive answers are these: When will Porzingis be ready to return to the court next season?
The Knicks are now 23-32 and 11th in the Eastern Conference and have lost four in a row. NY shipped third-string center Willy Hernangomez to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday for Johnny O'Bryant and two second-round picks, according to ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The blow came in the second quarter of the Knicks matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden.
Porzingis, 22, suffered the injury early in the second quarter of the Knicks' 103-89 loss to the Bucks Tuesday night. "He's had such a great year and we're trying to grow with him". After consistently trading away first-round picks in the past, the Knicks actually have all of them moving forward; that could allow them to stock their roster with young, homegrown talent with high upside.
That appeared to be the case when they sent Willy Hernangomez, voted to the All-Rookie first team last season, to Charlotte. Knicks fans everywhere are exhausted of seeing the Knicks miss the Playoffs, but being the eight seed and getting destroyed in the first round, and not getting a lottery pick in the National Basketball Association draft at the end of the days is actually worse for any franchise in the long run than missing the playoffs altogether. "Now that won't change as long as I'm here, regardless of where were at record-wise". We now know he has a torn ligament in his left knee and will be gone for about ten months. "(He's) more than a basketball player, he's my brother.
The 7-3 Latvian was enjoying the best season of his three-year career and was set to play in his first All-Star Game on February 18 in Los Angeles. Porzingis, who is likely to have surgery soon, will probably be out until this time next season. All I can tell you is if you are a Knicks fan is to hope and pray, and maybe for the first time in nearly two decades Knicks fans prayers will finally be answered, maybe.
Before Porzingis went down, the Knicks remained hopeful of making a playoff run and planned to operate at the deadline with intentions of remaining competitive. Both Ntilikina (1.7 percent owned) and Burke (1.2 percent) are available in nearly all ESPN.com leagues at the moment, but both could emerge as potential difference-makers down the stretch as NY shifts into tank mode.