According to reporter Shams Charania of 『The Athletic』, Milwaukee’s Bobby Portis (forward, 211cm, 113kg) will be out for the time being.
Portis injured his right knee. Tests confirmed that he had a medial collateral ligament sprain. This kept him out of the line for at least two weeks. Adrian Wojnarowski, a reporter for ESPN, announced that he would be reexamined in two weeks.
Portis’ injury put a red light on Milwaukee’s efforts to maintain power behind the goal. Milwaukee is building stable heights leading up to Brook Lopez and Portis. Renewing the contract with Serge Ibaka in the offseason minimized the risk factors that could occur in case of emergency.
However, Ibaka did not play this year, and the two sides eventually agreed to part ways. Then Portis got hurt. As long as he decides to trade instead of canceling his contract, there is no other way unless he is sent away. The squad is full, so reinforcement 안전놀이터 through a 10-day contract is impossible.
Coincidentally, Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was absent due to minor injuries, including Chris Middleton, who has been out for a considerable period of time recently, has also returned. He was going to finally get his full power. However, as Fortis, the backup center, was injured, it was not easy to maintain the overall power as well as the inside right now.
Antetokounmpo’s burden is bound to increase. This is because Portis has intermittently acted as Antetokounmpo’s backup. There is also a plan to promote Alexander Mamukelashvili, who was tied up in a two-way deal, but it is difficult to be a clear alternative.
Milwaukee must act quickly on the Ibaka trade. If Portis hadn’t been hurt, Ibaka could have been used as a medium to fill other powers. However, if the center team is not filled at this point, the burden will inevitably increase in the future. It is doubtful whether Fortis will be able to return within two weeks.
Portis has appeared in 47 games this season before injury. He filled the vacancy well, including playing as a starter in 14 of these games. He recorded 14.4 points (.499 .341 .829), 10.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 26.8 minutes per game.
Following last season, he is responsible for an average of 14 points for two consecutive seasons. Above all, he is showing off his skills under the goal from the inside to the extent that he is averaging double-digit rebounds for the first time since advancing to the NBA. It helped a lot to maintain the power of the team, such as adding an outside shot.
He re-signed with Milwaukee last offseason. Milwaukee signed a four-year, $48.58 million contract. He has a player option in the final year of his contract. It’s a contract worth about $12 million per year, and his salary this season is about $10.84 million. It is an annual salary increase contract.