Nuggets fans excited to see Michael Porter Jr.‘s long-awaited professional debut in Las Vegas Summer League play may have to wait until the fall to last year’s first-round pick take the court.
A league source tells Mike Singer of The Denver Post that Porter suffered a left knee sprain during a scrimmage on Wednesday night and is unlikely to play in Summer League.
As Singer explains, the knee injury isn’t expected to be a long-term issue, but the Nuggets want to play it safe with the young forward, who was selected 14th overall in 2018. After missing all of his rookie season last year while recovering from back surgery, Porter looked “excellent” in recent weeks during five-on-five scrimmages, writes Singer.
It’s an unfortunate development for those of us who were looking to see how Porter looked this month in Las Vegas. Top 2019 draft picks like Ja Morant (Grizzlies) and Darius Garland (Cavaliers) are also considered unlikely to take the court in Vegas as they continue to get healthy.