The 20-year-old was forced to leave his Missouri Tigers debut after two minutes because of a back injury. He subsequently underwent a microdiscectomy of the L3-L4 spinal discs that sidelined him until early March.
Porter's abbreviated collegiate stint resulted in plummeting draft stock. As a result, the former consensus top-five pick nearly fell out of the lottery.
However, the Nuggets stopped Porter's slide at No. 14 overall even though concerns about his health abounded.
"They've just told me: 'Our primary concern is to get you all the way healthy. When that happens, you're going to be a great player, but we don't want to skip steps and don't want to put you out there when you're not 100 percent,'" Porter said on The Doug Gottlieb Show (via The Athletic's Nick Kosmider). "It all depends on what they think and how well I progress. But, knowing me, I'm going to do everything I can to get back as soon as I possibly can. I’m ready to be on the floor and compete and play. I'm looking forward to that."
There is currently no timetable for Porter's pro debut.