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Nuggets pick up third-year option on Michael Porter Jr.’s rookie contract

Michael Porter Jr., Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets have picked up the team option on small forward Michael Porter Jr.’s deal for next season, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic.

Porter missed his entire rookie season recovering from back surgery. He will make his NBA debut on Tuesday.

Porter has undergone two back surgeries, one in college and the other after Denver drafted him with the 14th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Porter’s camp said the second surgery was good for Porter in the long run.

It’s good to see the Nuggets sticking behind Porter. If he can stay healthy, Porter should be able to be provide scoring punch off the bench for Denver.

When he was in high school, Porter was arguably the best player in the country and NBA execs pegged him as the No. 1 draft prospect for the 2018 Draft. Then the back surgery happened while Porter was at the University of Missouri and his draft stock dropped.

Porter’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, delivered detailed information to teams on Porter’s back ahead of the 2018 draft. The medical report which Bartlestein gave teams caused major concern and that’s why Porter fell to the Nuggets.

There are some, though, who believe the Nuggets may have gotten a steal in Porter, because when he’s healthy, he could turn out to be the best scorer and shooter from the 2018 draft class. On Tuesday, Porter will get his first chance to show everyone how talented he really is.