With the NBA Draft exactly one week away, players and NBA teams alike share the same worst nightmare: injury.
For Michael Porter Jr., whose injuries have plagued him during his brief college career and the NBA Combine, his worst nightmare just occurred. Porter Jr. had to cancel his Pro Day workout in Chicago because of a hip strain that was causing him to have hip spasms.
Sources: NBA Draft lottery teams were informed Wednesday that Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr., a projected high-lottery draft pick, canceled second Pro Day workout Friday because of hip spasms and would undergo tests.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 14, 2018
This is horrible news for Porter Jr., who could have used the last-minute NBA looks from teams like the Knicks, Suns, and Kings (No. 2 pick in Draft).
Michael Porter Jr.’s group canceled a workout scheduled on Friday, per league sources. The Knicks, Suns, Kings and other lottery teams had planned to attend in Chicago.@ringer's mock draft is updated to reflect the latest intel, including Porter rising: https://t.co/0PYq9NNvWx— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) June 14, 2018
Porter Jr.'s journey through the NBA Draft process has been very interesting. At one point, he was ranked the No. 1 prospect coming out of high school. For much of the 2017 season, he was projected to be a top two pick in the draft. Currently, he is expected to go in the top seven.
Injuries have been the name of the game so far. His freshman season at Missouri was disrupted by back surgery, and he was only cleared to play two weeks prior to his first Pro Day. Now, a hip injury has derailed another Pro Day.
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.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 14, 2018
At this point, there are many teams interested in Porter Jr., like the Grizzlies (No. 4 pick) and the Mavericks (No. 5), along with the teams planning on attending the workout in Chicago. But every team at this point has to be concerned about his history with injuries.