Mavs GM Donnie Nelson says Kristaps Porzingis won't be ready to start season

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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis will not be ready when the NBA season resumes on Dec. 22, GM and President of Basketball Operations Donnie Nelson said Monday on 105.3 The Fan.

Nelson was asked when Porzingis will be ready to play in an NBA game with the season starting next month?

"KP, we're going to make sure (his knee) is 100 percent before we put him out there. So that's going to be into the season before we are able to have him join us," Nelson said on the K&C Masterpiece.

When contacted by ESPN's Tim MacMahon, Nelson said they are targeting Jan. 1 as the date Porzingis will be cleared for on-court activity.

Porzingis missed the second part of the Mavericks’ Round 1 NBA playoffs series against the Los Angeles Clippers because of a torn ligament in his right knee. He underwent surgery to repair the lateral meniscus injury early last month.

In an Instagram post on Oct. 12, Porzingis said the procedure "went well," and he looks "forward to bouncing back from this in no time."

Porzingis finished with averages of 23.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in his three postseason appearances, which represented the first playoff action of his career.

The Mavericks acquired the 7-foot-3 Latvian big man last year from the New York Knicks in a blockbuster trade. It was while he was in New York that he tore the ACL in his other knee in February 2018.