Porter has yet to arrive in Orlando and remains absent from the Nuggets' workouts at the Walt Disney World complex, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports. Along with Porter, Gary Harris, Monte Morris, PJ Dozier and Torrey Craig have yet to join the Nuggets due to unspecified reasons, while star center Nikola Jokic (illness) -- who is believed to have fully recovered from an earlier bout with COVID-19 -- remains stuck in Serbia awaiting a flight to the United States. None of the missing players have formally opted out of the NBA season restart, so the expectation is that all will eventually arrive in Orlando. If Porter's absence lingers into next week, however, his status for the Nuggets' first game in Orlando on Aug. 1 versus the Heat could become more of a question mark.
Porter's described his right ankle injury suffered Jan. 31 versus the Bucks as "worse than I thought" and indicated that the NBA's suspension of the season has given him ample time to heal it up, Mike Singer of the Denver Post reports. Porter was reportedly playing through discomfort prior to the postponement of the campaign, which may have played a role in his March 5 absence and could explain his struggles in the games just prior to the hiatus. If that's the case, Porter could return from the break looking to regain the role that saw him post 14.7 points and 9.0 rebounds over the 10 games prior to the ankle injury suffered in late January.
Porter tallied seven points (3-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt), two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 16 minutes during Saturday's 104-102 loss to Cleveland. Porter was back in the rotation Saturday but still managed just seven points in the loss. After a period of standard league relevance, Porter has fallen outside the top-250 over the past two weeks. The tools are there for Porter who certainly looks as though he is going to be a fantasy asset for many years to come. Unfortunately, the Nuggets depth works against the rookie and he is only going to have sustained value in deeper formats at this stage.
Porter (coach's decision) didn't see the court during Thursday's 114-112 win over the Hornets. Porter was coming off a one-for-six shooting performance in Denver's 16-point loss to the lowly Warriors on Tuesday, and he was left out of coach Michael Malone's rotation altogether in this one. Denver remains a deep team when healthy, and Porter is yet to prove that he can impact the game on both ends. As a result, it's entirely possible that Torrey Craig, who has combined for 26 points (on 11-of-17 shooting) while providing strong defense across multiple positions in the first two games here in March, will continue to receive more minutes than Porter going forward.
Porter had 11 points (4-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-4 FT), six rebounds, three assists and one steal in 19 minutes during Sunday's 133-118 victory over Toronto. Porter made the most of an increased opportunity with Paul Millsap (ankle) ruled out only an hour or so prior to tipoff. Porter has flashed his upside this season but is typically more of a streaming option in 12-team leagues. The Nuggets are arguably the deepest team in the league, which certainly doesn't do Porter any favors in the playing time department.
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