Michael Porter Jr. requires back surgery, no timetable for return
Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. requires back surgery, no timetable for return

Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. will have surgery on his lower back and will be out of the lineup indefinitely, ESPN reported Monday morning. Porter is, however, expected to make a full recovery.

Porter, 23, has been dealing with a nerve issue in his back and was looking for a non-surgical remedy so he wouldn't miss the rest of the 2021-22 season. The University of Missouri product had back surgery prior to the 2018 NBA Draft and spent his rookie season recovering.

Porter signed a five-year, $172 million max deal with Denver in September.

The surgery news is yet another blow to the Nuggets (9-10) who are still without Nikola Jokic as the reigning MVP recovers from a wrist injury. They are also still waiting on the return of guard Jamal Murray, who tore his ACL at the end of last season. 

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