Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. untouchable in trade talks

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The Denver Nuggets could be in the market to land a third star to join Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, but trading Michael Porter Jr. is off the table.

The Nuggets reportedly have no interest in trading the 22-year-old rising star.

“In talking to teams around the league, the Nuggets have made it clear Michael Porter Jr. is not available,” ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said in a recent podcast. “Do not ask.”

Porter averaged 9.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in 55 games in the regular season this year after missing last year due to a back injury.

He broke out in the NBA restart in Orlando, averaging 22.0 points and 8.6 rebounds per game in seven “seeding games.”

Porter then averaged 11.4 points and 6.7 rebounds in the postseason, while shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 38.2 percent from three-point.

“I thought Denver would go whole hog on this, but I can’t tell you how much I was told this week that they’re not trading Michael Porter Jr.,” added Windhorst. “If you believe Michael Porter is a future All-NBA player, which some people do, not everybody, that’s a polarizing discussion…”