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Multiple teams are comfortable with the risks involving drafting Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. in the 2018 draft, according to a report from Mike Fisher of DallasBasketball.com.
Porter Jr. has been cleared for his second pro day after suffering hip spasms on Thursday which forced him to cancel a Friday workout in Chicago. An MRI was performed and the results came back clean.
Per the report, the Sacramento Kings (No. 2 pick), Memphis Grizzlies (No. 4 pick), Dallas Mavericks (No. 5 pick) and Chicago Bulls (No. 7 pick) all have Porter Jr. in play. The Bulls are hoping Porter Jr. falls to them at No. 7.
Health, of course, is the biggest question with Porter Jr. He suffered a back injury which required surgery and was out for four months. While some league executives are concerned about the back ailment, Porter Jr. is still projected to be a top five pick in the draft.
Porter Jr. isn’t letting his back injury affect his confidence. He’s said on many occasions at pre-draft interviews that he’s the best player in the draft.
The New York Knicks have been contacted by teams ahead of them in the draft to gauge their interest on trading up to select Porter Jr., according to a report from ESPN.
The Knicks own the ninth pick in the draft and members of the organization are big fans of Porter Jr. New York president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry were scheduled to head to Chicago on Friday to watch Porter Jr. workout.
The Knicks also had representatives at Porter Jr.’s pro day in Chicago last week and will meet with Porter Jr. before the draft.