Kristaps Porzingis Has Knee Surgery to Repair Lateral Meniscus Tear

Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis

Dallas Mavericks star big man Kristaps Porzingis underwent surgery to repair the lateral meniscus injury suffered in his right knee during the 2020 playoffs.

According to the team’s statement, released on Friday, Porzingis will begin rehabilitation immediately and there is no timetable for his return to basketball activities.

Due to the nature of the ongoing pandemic, the NBA is unsure when training camps for next season will start.

Despite that fact, the Mavs remain optimistic that Porzingis will be eligible to return whenever that date is set.

The injury occurred after the Mavs’ Game 1 loss to the LA Clippers in the first round.

Porzingis did play in the next two games, but was a late scratch for Game 4 after experiencing soreness and stiffness in that knee.

He did not play the rest of the series.

In his first season playing for Dallas, Porzingis averaged 20.4 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game.

He is coming off an ACL injury suffered when he was a member of the New York Knicks back in February 2018.

Kristaps Porzingis did explore other options but ultimately opted for surgery.