Kristaps Porzingis suffers torn ACL and will be out for the season

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Porzingis had at least given NY reason to entertain playoff hopes in a season that started days after Carmelo Anthony was traded to Oklahoma City.

"If somebody offers us [a point guard], we're going to sure look for him, " Perry said.

Antetokounmpo scored 23 points, jumping over Hardaway for one high-flying slam after Porzingis had dunked over him earlier in the game.

Surgery hasn't been scheduled yet and there is no timetable for when Porzingis will return.

General manager Scott Perry addressed the media Wednesday and provided little clarity. You always think about the young person at first.

"It's not going to deter us from what we've been trying to accomplish since we got here", Perry said. Stay tuned for the latest Kristaps Porzingis injury update. While they could have (wrongfully) fancied themselves potential playoff contenders and approached the trade deadline as buyers prior to Tuesday night, Porzingis' absence guarantees they're heading straight toward the lottery.

With that goal no longer attainable, NY has shifted its focus to the 2018 National Basketball Association draft and the future.

NY cut its deficit to as low as 12 late in the fourth, but Milwaukee cruised to an easy win. The Knicks also have taken calls on veterans Lee and Kyle O'Quinn, according to sources.

The harsh reality of seeing an underperforming team without a star player could ignite free agency moves this off-season as well as big trades on draft night.

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Porzingis, 22, had assumed the role of New York's new franchise player.

But there are some small silver linings in the wake of in the injury, including the possibility that the Knicks end up with a higher pick in the 2018 National Basketball Association draft. Middleton saw Antetokounmpo behind him and lobbed a pass, which Antetokounmpo snared with his right hand in mid-air while literally soaring over Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and slammed down with authority. It's worth taking a flier on either of them - Beasley first - as we wait to see how New York's frontcourt rotation will shake out sans Porzingis and/or following the trade deadline.

The rehab process certainly will be grueling for the 22-year-old Porzingis.

Perry said he expects Porzingis to have surgery "sooner rather than later".

"Obviously, he was devastated that he has that injury". "Whenever that time is when he's back on the court, we expect him to be back at full strength and better than ever". Plus we have seen mix results in how players recover. This summer, Porzingis will be eligible for a five-year, $157 million extension, with a starting salary of $27 million.

Towns sent out a tweet after shortly after hearing of the Porzingis news.

The Knicks had been hoping to form such a nucleus, however, with a healthy Porzingis. "And we'll deal with that at the appropriate time". Michael Beasley will start in his place for the rest of the season. Porzingis said it was his "dream come true" to make the All-Star team.

"If there's a deal that we feel is going to make our team better not only in the short-term, but in the long run, we're going to be open to doing it".

The chances of the Knicks making the playoffs already were slim, and now they appear to be microscopic without their best player. "That's what we'll be looking at moving forward".

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