Michael Porter Jr., a potential top-10 pick in next Thursday’s NBA draft, was forced to cancel his second pro day in Chicago scheduled for Friday due to a strained hip, according to Jonathan Givony of ESPN.com.
“Porter couldn’t get out of bed because of muscle spasms,” reported Givony, who added: “Rescheduling appears to be a possibility depending on how he responds to treatment over the next few days.”
Porter’s camp released a statement Thursday on his injury, per Givony: “Porter will be evaluated again tonight, and if the doctor feels Michael is moving well enough to go through the medical evaluation tomorrow, then we are going to proceed with the evaluation at 3 p.m. CST tomorrow.”
Given that the draft is just a week away, however, it’s possible Porter will have to skip the pro day entirely if he hasn’t recovered by Thursday.
According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Porter may still meet with representatives from teams Friday despite canceling the workout.
Porter enters the draft as one of the lottery’s biggest question marks. He was considered a top prospect heading into the 2017-18 season, but a back injury limited him to two games for Missouri.
Questions persisted after the season as well, as teams were unsure of “his ability to be a good teammate at Missouri,” per Givony.
Numerous NBA executives have questions about Michael Porter Jr. His lack of interaction with his teammates at Missouri (even prior to injury), often seems disinterested. I have spent a good amount of time around MPJ over the years, and have never seen any of this.
Nonetheless, Porter could go off the board as high as No. 2 to the Sacramento Kings, per Sam Amick of USA Today:
There’s a very real chance the Kings would take Michael Porter Jr. at No. 2, but it’s unclear how the canceling of the Friday workout in Chicago might impact the process. They want more intel on medical and another look. Teams are being told that the workout will be rescheduled.
“There doesn’t appear to be anything wrong with him right now,” an NBA executive told Givony. “But a conservative doctor could still [be concerned about] what might happen down the road.”
Another executive added: “Everyone is worried about missing out on a star. No one wants to miss out on another Joel Embiid.”
Porter appears to have star potential, or at least he did before his injury. In his latest mock draft, B/R’s Jonathan Wasserman projected him going off the board at No. 7 to the Chicago Bulls, writing: “Before the season and surgery, many scouts had considered him the No. 1 overall favorite. As a 6’10 ¾” combo forward, Porter is a mismatch for his combination of size and perimeter skills in terms of shot-making off the catch or the dribble.”
His second pro day may have been the opportunity for teams to assuage concerns or gain more intel. Instead, Porter remains one of the biggest question marks for teams picking in the top 10.
Courtesy: Bleacher Report