Mavs 'Comfortable With Risk' Of Taking Porter Jr. Ahead Of 2nd Visit Today

Josh Clark
June 15, 2018 - 10:44 am
Michael Porter Jr.

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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - You can count the Dallas Mavericks as one of the teams willing to draft the biggest wild-card in the NBA Draft.

According to 105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher, the Mavs are "comfortable-with-the-risks'' of taking Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. with the fifth overall pick. 

Fish's report comes on the same day the Mavs and other lottery teams convened in Chicago to visit with Porter for possibly the final time in the pre-draft process.

Porter's representatives rescheduled the workout after initially canceling it on Thursday morning. Numerous reports speculated that Porter may have a promise from a team in the lottery and decided not to conduct the second workout. Although, reports later came out saying that the workout was canceled because Porter was suffering hip spasms and couldn't get out of bed. Porter underwent an MRI and it came back clean.

Fish says that the Mavericks contingent sent to Chicago to meet with Porter includes Michael Finely and the team's medical staff.  

"We've interviewed him twice,'' Dallas GM Donnie Nelson told Fish this week. "We've met his family. We're close to people in his camp. We know him."

Before the college season began, Porter was seen by many as the top prospect in the 2018 draft class. Everything changed, however, when the forward suffered a back injury in the opening two minutes of the season, causing him to miss all but the final two games of the Tigers' season.

While Dallas is fine with selecting the best scorer in the draft despite the injury concerns, other teams are also okay with the risk. According to Fish, the Kings (2nd), Grizzlies (4th) and Bulls (7th) have all shown a willingness to take Porter.