NBA prospect Michael Porter Jr. is 'motivated' to prove himself
Michael Porter Jr. might be the most tantalizing prospect available in next week's NBA draft and would fill a big need for the Kings.
But after Porter's scheduled workout this week was canceled, injury questions persist with the draft quickly approaching next Thursday.
The Kings and other teams picking in the top 10 were supposed to watch Porter workout Friday in Chicago. It was canceled with multiple reports citing hip spasms.
Yahoo reported an MRI on Porter's hip "returned clean," the 6-foot-10 forward is feeling better. Teams will be on hand for medical evaluations Friday afternoon.
The Kings, who saw Porter last week in Chicago, will have representatives present to evaluate Porter.
Porter only played in three games for Missouri as a freshman last season because of back surgery. But he was considered perhaps the top high school prospect in the country as a senior and a potential No. 1 overall pick.
Most teams are cautious about the back injury and whether it might be a problem throughout Porter's career.
The Kings, like most teams, want to continue to review Porter's medical records before selecting him. Sacramento picks second, so his health is vital for them to pass up players such as Marvin Bagley III, Luka Doncic and Jaren Jackson Jr. — all of whom are considered elite and without injury concerns.
Porter has the potential to be a dynamic scorer from the perimeter, something the Kings lack and desperately need as they rebuild. He could also fill the Kings' need for more size and playmaking from the small forward position.