Baker (shoulder) officially exercised his player option for the 2018-19 season, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.
The decision doesn't come as much of a surprise considering the option will pay Baker more than $4.5 million next season. The former Wichita State standout was limited to just 29 games in 2017-18, and he underwent season-ending surgery on his left shoulder in early February. In those 29 games, the 25-year-old averaged just 2.4 points, 1.6 assists and 1.0 rebound per game while shooting 33.9 percent from the floor.
Baker will undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his shoulder later in the week and will miss the next 4-to-6 months, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.
Baker has been battling shoulder issues for the past week, and the Knicks have now decided that surgery is the best course of action for the 24-year-old, who had been a regular off the bench earlier in the season. The procedure will sideline Baker for the rest of the season, but the 4-to-6 month timetable should allow him to be back at close to full strength for the start of the 2018-19 campaign. Baker holds a player option for next season, which he'll likely opt into.
Baker will be out indefinitely after an MRI revealed a dislocated right shoulder and torn labrum, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.
Baker suffered the injury during Tuesday's contest against the Nets. The initial X-ray came back negative, but an MRI revealed significant damage. With his extended absence, Frank Ntilikina and Trey Burke could see extra run, though Baker was averaging just 13.3 minutes in 29 games played this season.
Baker suffered a right shoulder injury during Tuesday's game against the Nets and while a subsequent X-ray came back negative, the Knicks will now send him for a follow-up MRI on Wednesday to make sure there's no other significant damage. For that reason, Baker won't be able to travel with the team to Boston, so he'll miss at least one game. Baker's next shot to play will be Friday against the Bucks and considering he's played less than 10 minutes in two of the last three games, his absence shouldn't have a drastic impact on the regular rotation.
Baker has been ruled out for the remainder of Tuesday's game against the Nets with a right shoulder injury.
Baker has averaged slightly under nine minutes per contest over the past six games, so he hasn't played a major role in the rotation as of late. The Knicks are on the first game of a back-to-back set, which will leave Baker questionable for Wednesday's game at Boston.
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