Denver Nuggets front Michael Porter Jr. is dealing with a nerve problem in his back that could jeopardize his season, according to Mike Singer of The Denver Post. Porter has undergone two back surgeries during his career, once at the University of Missouri and another during his rookie season with the Nuggets. And now, says Singer, another surgery is a possibility.
Nuggets set a one-week timeline for Porter to show improvement before considering alternative treatment options, according to Singer. Nuggets coach Mike Malone recently revealed that Porter is not with the team but is instead in Florida for treatment.
The Nuggets look set to be as cautious as possible with 23-year-old Porter. They signed him with a five-year contract extension this season that guarantees him $145 million. That extension won’t even take effect until next season, so his health is paramount to Denver’s future as a championship contender. So far this season, he doesn’t seem to be healthy even in the minutes he plays.
Porter appeared in nine games for the Nuggets and averaged 9.9 points per game. He averaged 19 points per game last season before helping the Nuggets reach the second round of season after season. With Jamal Murray out, the Nuggets need a big season from Porter to help Nikola Jokic keep their offense afloat.
The 9-8 Nuggets currently occupy the sixth seed spot at the Western Conference, but holding it will be a challenge if they have to play without Porter and Murray, who are recovering from a torn ACL, in a long time. Even Jokic, the MVP of the tournament, is recovering from a wrist injury. Denver remains one of the more talented teams in basketball, but that won’t do the team any good if their best players aren’t healthy.
https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nuggets-michael-porter-jr-dealing-with-nerve-issue-in-back-that-could-jeopardize-his-season-per-report/ Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr is dealing with a nerve problem in his back that could jeopardize his season, according to reports