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Michael Porter Jr. is the lottery prize of the Denver Nuggets, but there is still no clear date as to when he will actually play.
“There’s no timeline,” Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas told reporters on Porter. “He’s moving in the right direction.”
Porter is 6-foot-10 and declared for the draft after just two games at Missouri. For a time, he was considered a possible No. 1 overall pick.
But a lingering and mysterious back issue caused him to drop to the Nuggets with the No. 14 overall selection. He has undergone two back surgeries and the Nuggets have even broached the possibility that Porter may sit out the entire season.
Right now, all we know for sure is Porter said all the right things about his back in an interview with ESPN in August.
“I finally feel, like, good,” and he is hoping to be ready for game action around the time the season tips in mid-October,” Porter said. “I don’t have a date but I’m hoping to be back for the beginning of the year. Gotta heal up, but I feel great.
“I’m able to get on the court a little bit right now, do some different things. But my rehab has definitely been very conservative. They’re really taking it easy with me, being patient with me.”
The Nuggets are entering their fourth season under coach Mike Malone. They finished 46-36 last season, a six-game improvement from the previous year.