Could Michael Porter Jr.'s Injury Affect His Draft Status?
This is alarming for a number of reasons, one of which is that the Bulls’ medical staff is infamously unreliable.
The period of time right before the NBA Draft is rife with misinformation, leaks, counter-leaks, fake leaks, and all manner of intel designed to obfuscate the true intentions of teams and top prospects.
Porter hiding his medical records and only conducting a staged workout is a clear indication that he either has something to hide or is trying to sabotage his own draft stock in order to stay away from Sacramento or land with one of the bigger teams picking later in the lottery, like, say, Chicago. The Bulls conducted the physical, and Porter was set to allow lottery teams to examine his back, but he canceled yesterday’s scheduled workout.
This morning, Porter canceled a second workout, which was scheduled for Friday, because of a different injury.
According to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, the prospect is suffering from a strained hip and “couldn’t get out of bed because of muscle spasms.” The workout is apparently in the process of being rescheduled, though the draft is one week away, so it seems unlikely that Porter will really ever work out in front of the NBA teams that are considering taking him.
Worse still, teams like the Kings won’t get to see for themselves how injured Porter really is. So is this all a smokescreen designed to stay the hell out of Sacramento? Or is Porter really broken and crumbling? The answer won’t become clear for months, but whoever selects Porter will be making the boldest and riskiest selection of this year’s draft..