Nuggets’ Porter Jr. sprains knee, likely out for summer league

Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. underwent two back surgeries prior to last season.

Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. suffered a left knee sprain at practice Wednesday and is unlikely to play in the Las Vegas summer league, according to Mike Singer of the Denver Post.

“It’s not expected to be a long-term issue, and the Nuggets see no need to rush him back to the court,” Singer reported. “Porter Jr. has looked excellent over the last few weeks as the Nuggets have conducted 5-on-5 scrimmages, and buzz had been mounting about his professional debut.”

Porter Jr. missed all of his rookie season with a back injury. The Nuggets selected him with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2018 draft.

The Las Vegas Summer League begins Friday and runs for 11 days.

Porter Jr. played in just three games as a freshman at Missouri in 2017-18, then declared for the draft after the season. His brother, Jontay Porter, went undrafted this summer, also after one season at Missouri.