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Michael Porter Jr. Potentially Out For The Season

The talented Denver wing could be out for the season as he continues to battle back issues.

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Denver Nuggets wing Michael Porter Jr. could miss the remainder of the season as he battles ongoing back issues, writes Mike Singer of The Denver Post.

Porter Jr. was a key reason for the Portland Trail Blazers first round exit last season, hitting crucial shots and providing stingy defense.

The 23-year-old has dealt with back injuries since college and now waits to see if a third surgery is required to address the nerve issue.

The Nuggets have been vague about specifics of the injury and when Porter might be expected back. They have given him a timeline of a week to show improvements before considering other treatment options. Another back surgery is a possibility, sources said.

The Nuggets signed Porter to a five-year max contract in late September. A large portion of the contract – $145 million – is guaranteed.

In his nine games this season, Porter Jr. has put up 9.9 points on 36 percent shooting and 21 percent from three.