Nuggets' Michael Porter Jr. has second back surgery; no timetable for return

Michael Porter Jr. and Adam Silver

The procedure, the Nuggets stated, was performed by Dr. Andrew Dossett.

Denver announced the surgery was on Porter's lumbar spine and there is no timetable for when he will return to basketball activities.

This latest procedure, according to Porter's camp, has led to a greater understanding of Porter's herniated-disks condition, boosting confidence he can move on from the injury and begin his Nuggets career.


However, with all of their main players back, a healthy Paul Millsap, and the addition of Isaiah Thomas, the Nuggets are in good shape, even without Porter. The 6-foot-10 forward played in just three games last season after suffering a back injury just two minutes into his Missouri debut. Porter said those concerns were overblown and offered to work out for teams during draft week upon request, but he still slid to the end of the lottery before the Nuggets drafted him. Per Aschburner, Porter, who did not play in the NBA Summer League, is not expected to sit the entire 2018-19 season.

Michael Porter Jr. fell in the NBA Draft this year, almost dropping out of the lottery. Porter ultimately slipped to the Denver Nuggets at 14 overall, a team that can afford to be patient with his development, except in this case Porter isn't a case of stunted development, but rather an NBA-ready prospect waiting on team doctor to wave him in.

But if Porter can return at full strength and put his back issues behind him, he will provide length, versatility and scoring ability to an up-and-coming Nuggets roster.

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