Knicks News: Lance Thomas Undergoes Knee Surgery

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2018

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 24: Lance Thomas #42 of the New York Knicks fights for position against the Miami Heat on October 24, 2018 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
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New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to remove loose bodies, the team announced Friday.

Thomas will be out for the foreseeable future and will be re-evaluated in four weeks.

Although he has made five starts this season, he did not appear in Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks. Prior to that, he had recorded just 13 minutes combined in his two previous appearances.

Thomas is in his fourth full season in New York, with his minutes decreasing with each passing year. He is averaging 3.9 points and 2.2 rebounds in 15.2 minutes in 11 games this season.

As the New York Post's Marc Berman noted, the eighth-year veteran is the team's emotional leader. However, his lack of production has made it hard for him to see much time on the court as of late. And now the injury will keep him out of action for at least a month.

Thomas, 30, is in the third year of a four-year, $27.5 million contract he signed in 2016. He is making $7.1 million this season and has a partially guaranteed salary of $7.6 million for 2019-20, according to Spotrac.

Given Thomas had recently taken on a reduced role, the Knicks will have plenty of time to take a look at younger players. Noah Vonleh should continue to start at power forward, with Mario Hezonja also seeing a good amount of minutes.

New York is 4-8 on the season and will take on the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors (11-1) on Saturday.