Porzingis not expected to travel with Knicks to London

Still working his way back from a torn ACL, Kristaps Porzingis is not expected to make the trip to London with the Knicks next week.

Though it’s been almost a full calendar year since he suffered a torn ACL, Kristaps Porzingis’ recovery is going well, according to Steve Popper of Newsday.

The New York Knicks’ Latvian standout is not expected to travel with the team on its four-day trip to London next week when it will play the Washington Wizards, but his progress during recent practice sessions has been encouraging.

“I don’t see a drop,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “That I don’t see. I haven’t seen him move in a way that makes me go ‘uh-oh.’

“I think we’re going about it the right way. His body looks great. He looks strong, he’s defined. It’s just a matter of time, and when we get him, we’ll be happy.”

Fizdale said discretion remains the better part of valor in terms of Porzingis crossing the Atlantic with the team.

“Right now, I think we’re leaning toward keeping him back because of the distance of the trip,” Fizdale said. “We talked to him [Friday]. I got to spend some time with him, which was nice. And he’s in a really, a great groove right now with his workouts and his development. He was on the court today with one of the coaches. So we’re leaning toward most likely keeping him back.

“I don’t even weigh all of that stuff into it,” Fizdale said of Porzingis’ popularity in Europe. “I’m just thinking more about what’s best for his leg and getting him back on the court, nothing jeopardizing where he’s at. Obviously, he misses playing. That part has been hard. But he’s starting to get stronger so he’s feeling better and he seems to be in a really good place.”

While the 7-foot-3 Porzingis is on the mend, the San Antonio Spurs have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring him.

Porzingis hasn’t played since suffering a torn left ACL on Feb. 6, 2018. The Knicks plan a re-evaluation in mid-February. Porzingis will be a restricted free agent come July.

New York stands 10-32 headed into a Sunday matinee against Atlantic Division rival Philadelphia (27-16) at Madison Square Garden.