Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. could miss the remainder of the season with a nerve issue in his lower back, according to Mike Singer of the Denver Post.
Porter, 23, is 6-foot-10 and averaging 9.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in nine appearances this season. He exited the Nov. 9 vs. the Rockets with the injury.
The No. 14 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Porter missed his most of his only college season and all of his rookie season after back surgeries. He averaged career-highs of 19.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in 61 games last season.
Denver has already been without starting guard Jamal Murray, who is progressing in his rehab from a torn ACL, though there remains no timetable for his return.
“We all have to support Michael like we’re all supporting Jamal,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone told reporters. “Michael could be back in a week. It could be more than that. I don’t know. When I say foreseeable future, I don’t really know what that means. I just know he’s not playing (Wednesday).”
Porter has been receiving daily treatments for the injury. He recently signed a five-year max contract worth $145 million.
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