The Cleveland Cavaliers have provided an updated timeline for rookie shooting guard Kevin Porter Jr.
After suffering a left knee injury against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team initially said that Porter Jr. would be re-evaluated in two weeks. On Thursday morning the team provided an updated timeline, announcing that he is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks.
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Also: Rookie Kevin Porter Jr. is now likely to miss 4-to-6 weeks with his left knee injury, sources said.
One would imagine the Cavs will be extra cautious bringing Porter Jr. back into the mix. The injury was a scary one and both he and the team are fortunate that surgery was not required.
For a player widely considered to be a project to some extent, Porter Jr. has exceeded expectations this year. Providing impressive effort on the defensive end, along with flashes of his talent on offense.
The timeline means we will most likely see him again this season, and that this injury will not cost him the opportunity to work on his game this summer.
In addition to the updated timeline, the team also announced they have signed Alfonso McKinnie and Tyler Cook to 10-day contracts. Both players were waived by the team on Monday to avoid having their contracts become guaranteed for the full season.
With just weeks between now and the trade deadline, the team will likely continue to make small maneuvers to ensure they have as much flexibility as possible.