Kings, Grizzlies Reportedly Interested In Porter

Teams hoping to see Michael Porter Jr. slip in the draft may be in for a disappointment. A pair of reports indicate the Kings, who hold the second pick, and the Grizzlies, who have No. 4, plan to take a long look at the Missouri star.

Both teams will have representatives on hand Friday when Porter participates in Priority Sports’ pro day in Chicago. It will be his first time playing in a public setting since declaring for the draft, and it will allow teams to judge the condition of his surgically repaired back.

Sacramento has shown “significant interest” in Porter over the past year, league sources tell Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated. A strong workout could move him up the Kings’ draft board, but maybe not all the way to No. 2. Woo speculates that Sacramento could be willing to trade down in hopes of landing Porter with a later pick.

Memphis was among several teams that met with Porter at last month’s Draft Combine, and the organization believes he can provide scoring and versatility, writes Michael Wallace of Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace looks forward to receiving Porter’s medical records and seeing him in action.

“He’ll be evaluated, and I’ll be up there in Chicago – several of us will – to see his pro day,” Wallace said. “And we’ll go from there.”

Porter has made progress with the condition of his back in the past two weeks, according to Woo, who adds that there is cause for long-term optimism. Porter has insisted that it won’t be a lingering problem, saying at the combine, “It was a very minimally invasive surgery. They just had to fix the discs, take about 10 percent off that nerve.”
One of the top recruits in the nation coming out of high school, Porter was injured in the first half of Missouri’s season opener. He returned for SEC and NCAA tournament games, but was used in a limited role. Although ESPN’s Jonathan Givony has him going to the Cavaliers at No. 8 in his latest mock draft, Porter’s physical condition makes it difficult to predict when he’ll come off the board.
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