Michael Porter Jr Rumors
Katy Winge: Michael Porter Jr on the way the Nuggets handled both his and Jamal Murray’s injuries: “The organization is amazing. The way they gave us our space and time and encouraged us and didn’t rush us, it was really dope.” “They didn’t put any type of pressure on us.”
And if Murray were to fall short of his past performances, how would that affect him emotionally? What would the impact be on the players – Monté Morris, Hyland, to name two – whose playtime would shrink to make room for Murray, after their play helped the Nuggets get this far? These are the questions the organization is considering, from top to bottom. “We are really taking care of his mental health, for both of them, really,” one Nuggets source told me, echoing the sentiment of the six sources in or around the organization I spoke to last weekend. “Is it fair to the players for them to come back, this late?”
The Nuggets have scrapped plans to send Michael Porter Jr. and Jamal Murray to Grand Rapids for the time-being, two league sources told The Denver Post on Thursday. Both Porter and Murray were set to fly to Grand Rapids and practice with the Gold on Friday, but logistical concerns, in addition to the fact that they’d only be there for one practice, altered the plan, sources said. Neither player has had any kind of setback, and there was also a sense that some of the work they would’ve done in Grand Rapids could get done in Denver.
However, there’s a possibility both could practice or scrimmage with the Gold in the future as both continue their respective rehabs. For now, they’ll both continue progressing and working out in Denver. The Denver Post previously reported Porter intended to practice with the Nuggets’ G League squad, but Murray’s inclusion wasn’t publicly known. There remains no timetable for Murray’s return, though the intention of rehabbing in Grand Rapids is a positive sign.