Mavs’ Porzingis has surgery to fix torn meniscus

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Kristaps Porzingis underwent surgery to address the lateral meniscus injury in his right knee suffered during the playoffs, the Dallas Mavericks announced Friday.

According to the team’s statement, Porzingis will begin rehabilitation immediately with no set timetable to be cleared for basketball activities.

Sources have told ESPN that the Mavs are optimistic that Porzingis will be able to participate in training camp, which will begin at an undetermined date because of the uncertainty of next season’s NBA schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Porzingis suffered the injury during the Mavs’ Game 1 loss to the LA Clippers. He played in the next two games of the series before the stiffness and soreness in the knee forced him to be sidelined the remainder of the first-round series.

Porzingis, 25, averaged 20.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game during his first season with the Mavs.

Porzingis sat out a season and a half after tearing the ACL in his left knee in February 2018 in what ended up being his final game for the New York Knicks.

Porzingis explored his options before undergoing the surgery, including having platelet-rich plasma injections with the hope that they would help the meniscus heal on its own.

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