Cavaliers were on hand to watch Porter Jr. work out

Michael Porter Jr. hopes to be ready for the regular-season.

Among those in attendance at Michael Porter Jr.’s pro -day workout in Chicago on Friday included at least one member of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ front office, according to a report.

Joe Vardon of reports a representative from the Cavaliers was on hand to watch the 6-foot-10 forward out of the University of Missouri show off his talents.

Assistant general manager Mike Gansey has been heading most of the Cavaliers’ preparation for the draft.

Cleveland owns the eighth overall selection in the 2018 draft.

The 19-year-old Porter was projected before the season began to be the top overall selection in the draft. However, he suffered a back injury during his first game at Missouri. He missed the rest of the regular season, not returning until the SEC Tournament and played in just three games.

Porter said he initially hurt his back years ago while in high school and it got “worse and worse” before he had corrective surgery in November.

“I hurt my back sophomore year in high school going up for a dunk,” Porter said while he was at the NBA Draft Combine last month. “When I had to have the surgery, I kind of viewed it as a blessing, a new start, really help me reach my potential. Like, I was the No. 1 player in high school, and I didn’t even feel 100 percent. And I do now.”

The Cavaliers had Alabama’s Collin Sexton in for a workout Saturday and Duke’s Wendell Carter in for one last Wednesday.

The draft will be held June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.