New York Knicks shooting guard Arron Afflalo left the Knicks’ last preseason game with a strained hamstring, and Afflalo said Sunday he may sit out the next two weeks in order for the injury to fully heal, according to Chris Herring of The Wall Street Journal.
New York signed Afflalo to a two-year, $16 million deal this offseason, but his Knicks tenure got off to a rough start when he missed the beginning of the preseason with a hamstring issue. The 30-year-old played pretty well in limited preseason action when he returned, only to go down with this latest hamstring injury.
These types of injuries can be tricky, so it’s probably best to play it safe and sit out some early games in order to let it heal so it’s not a long-term problem. For now, it looks like that’s what’s going to happen.
With Afflalo set to miss the beginning of the season, it appears Derek Fisher is going to go with veteran Sasha Vujacic as the replacement starter, although Fisher said it’s going to be “situational and based on matchups.”
Vujacic hasn’t made an impact in the NBA in years, but the Knicks like him because of his familiarity with the Triangle offense. Youngsters Jerian Grant and Langston Galloway are other options for the starting spot with Afflalo out.