For Porter to spark the interests of NBA teams without playing college basketball at the top level he was expected to play is remarkable in the sense of how recruiters see his raw talent as a contributing factor to their team's success. Teams will be on hand for medical evaluations Friday afternoon. And, now with the draft just a week away, Porter Jr. remains one of the bigger mysteries in the draft, with his range now being among the top 10 where he could potentially go as high as the No. 2 to Sacramento. The Chicago Bulls hold the seventh pick.
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The Knicks, along with the Kings and several other teams, were planning on attending.
Porter dropping to the late lottery would be a noteworthy turn of events for a player rated so highly in his high school class. He didn't submit to any medical tests at the NBA Draft Combine in mid-May.
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Porter, who will turn 20 on June 29, missed nearly his entire freshman season at Mizzou because of a back injury that required him to have microdiscectomy surgery on his L3 and L4 spinal disks. The goal for the workout is primarily medical, after the 6-10 forward played only three games for Missouri last season.
The workout is planned to be rescheduled, but there's no way to tell how another injury will impact Porter's stock.
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If the team that made Porter a promise was the Kings, they haven't been operating as if that were the case so far. Bulls doctors performed the physical on Porter that was shared with all interested National Basketball Association teams because of the agency's longstanding relationship with the club and the proximity.