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Denver Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr. underwent another back surgery last week, according to Steve Aschburner of NBA.com.
Porter Jr.’s camp believes the latest surgery will be good for Porter Jr. in the long run and are optimistic about his prognosis.
F Michael Porter Jr., who slid to Denver at No. 14 in NBA Draft due to ongoing back issues, had another surgery last week. His camp believes latest procedure = breakthrough grasp of his herniated-disks problem. Not their plan to have him sit out 2018-19 season.
— Steve Aschburner (@AschNBA) July 18, 2018
Can confirm @AschNBA's report that Michael Porter Jr. had another procedure on his back but those close to the situation are encouraged/excited by his prognosis. I'm told this was a scenario that was on the table when the Nuggets selected him 14th overall.
— Harrison Wind (@HarrisonWind) July 18, 2018
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, however, and that’s why Porter Jr. fell to the Nuggets.