Kristaps Porzingis' left knee is getting better, though it could be at least two months before he plays again.

Team President Steve Mills said Friday the team is pleased with Porzingis' recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and another round of testing scheduled for mid-February could clarify his timeline for his return.

The Knicks hope their All-Star forward will be ready to play this season, but won't push it.

"We'd like him to get on the court, we'd love to see him play," Mills said. "But we also acknowledge that he is a really, really important part of the long-term future of this franchise and one thing we're not going to do is take any real risk with a 22-year-old player in his position."

The 7-foot-3 Latvian was hurt Feb. 6 after landing on a dunk in a game against Milwaukee. He has gone through a series of tests during his rehab, but Mills said they want to see more improvement before Porzingis can move onto the next level of activity.

"It's a fluid process so I don't want to say that's what will happen, but I also don't want to say that it's impossible to happen," Mills said. "I'm not really sure. We're going to see as he sort of ramps up his progression how he feels."

The Knicks are near the bottom of the league with a 9-24 record entering their game Friday against Atlanta, so Porzingis won't be able to save them this season. But having him on the court could help them in the summer, as potential free agents may want to see if Porzingis is back before they would consider the Knicks.

Bucks forward has surgery

Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova is out indefinitely after surgery to repair a broken nose he suffered during practice last weekend.

The Bucks called Friday's surgery successful. Ilyasova was injured Dec. 16 and has missed the Bucks' two games since.

In 24 games this season, Ilyasova is averaging 7.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 19.9 minutes per game for the Central Division leaders.

Wizards make moves

The Washington Wizards signed free-agent guard Ron Baker and waived forward Okaro White.

Baker averaged 3.3 points and 1.8 assists in 92 games, all with New York. The Knicks released him Dec. 13.

Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld calls Baker a "tough and physical defender who can give us added depth in the backcourt."

Baker was an undrafted rookie in 2016 out of Wichita State, where he averaged 13.2 points.