Nuggets’ Porter Jr. had surgery on lumbar spine

The Denver Nuggets announced Thursday that rookie Michael Porter Jr. underwent surgery on his lumbar spine last week.

There is no timetable for his return to basketball participation. The lumbar spine refers to the lower back, where the spine curves inward toward the abdomen.

This is the second surgery Porter Jr. has had. The Nuggets selected Porter Jr. with the 14th overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft. Coming out of high school, Porter Jr. was projected to be a top-three pick in the draft, but his stock dropped tremendously after the back surgery he underwent in college and the hip spasms that forced him to cancel a pre-draft workout in Chicago.

Porter Jr.’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, delivered more detailed and recent medical info to teams on Porter Jr.’s back. The medical report circulated among teams caused major concern and that’s why Porter Jr. fell to the Nuggets.

Porter Jr.’s camp believes the latest surgery will be good for Porter Jr. in the long run and are optimistic about his prognosis.