The Denver Nuggets’ worst fears have taken shape. After weeks of constant tests to discern the extent of Michael Porter Jr.’s ailments in the lower back, the forward will have to undergo surgery. The operation will be next Wednesday according to has reported Adrian Wojnarowski couple ESPN through the player’s agent. At the moment there are no details on recovery times, but a first estimate can be made once the operation has been carried out.
Mark Bartelstein, the representative for Porter Jr., remember that the player has already gone through a similar recovery before making his NBA debut. Chosen in fourteenth position in the 2018 draft, the forward could not play for the Nuggets until the 2019-20 season due to a problem with the nerves in his back. In fact, this setback already surrounded the draft preselection process, in which Porter started as a potential top five. In his day, his choice for Denver was seen as a bet whose risk was the player’s health, which the young man has overcome until signing a maximum contract just two months ago.
However, luck once again eludes the young talent, who will have to face a process very similar to the one he had to face throughout 18-19. If his agent’s forecasts come true, Porter Jr. would be out for the remainder of the season and perhaps part of the next. With the confirmation of their loss the Nuggets add another trunk loss in the structure of a team that could start with aspirations to the title but without Murray, Dozier or Porter Jr. see their opportunities almost completely diminished.
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