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In the past two years, Porter Jr. has gone from a possible No. 1 pick prospect during his days at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle to a walking question mark after he suffered discomfort in the first half of his first college game against Iowa State, which was the result of a fall he suffered two summers earlier while going up for a dunk. The microdiscectomy surgery last November brought with it the widespread belief that his draft stock would plummet because, well, undergoing a procedure to relieve pressure from herniated discs certainly counts as a con. But now, Porter Jr. and his agent, Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports, have done enough convincing that multiple top-five teams are still taking this long, hard look. There was an early June group workout in Chicago that left the Kings and everyone else in the building impressed, as Porter Jr. shot the ball very well – albeit in a stand-still setting.
Multiple NBA teams are, as one source put it, “comfortable with the risks” involving drafting Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. despite his injury history, which this week caused the on-again postponement of a workout today in Chicago. And yes, the Dallas Mavericks, I’m told, are among those “comfortable-with-the-risks” teams.
After last week’s workout, the Mavs came away thinking of Porter Jr. as a top-three talent and “extremely impressive.” There is a continuing idea that Porter Jr. — as a shooter and a scorer — can be Durant-like, or Dirk-like. And the Mavs crave that “transcendent” prospect. They are not alone, however. One source tells me the Chicago Bulls (at No. 7) would love to see Porter fall to them. And Sacramento (at 2) and Memphis (at 4) have him in play, too.
Porter was able to work out for teams on Friday after a hip injury scare, but the workout did not completely allay fears about Porter’s injury history. He had back surgery in November, and there is ample concern, according to front office sources, that Porter will be an injury question mark throughout his NBA career, at least in his early years.
Sam Amick: The Kings aren’t the only top five team wrestling with the Michael Porter Jr. question: I’m told the Grizzlies are still seriously considering him at No. 4 – health concerns and all – after today’s medical display for lottery teams. Like Sacto, trading down is a possibility too.
Sean Cunningham: The evaluation in Chicago with Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr. was characterized as having gone well for the draft prospect. A specialist led teams, including the Kings through an evaluation of Porter’s medical report. Haven’t ruled out visiting teams prior to Draft, sources say.