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Michael Porter Jr.: ‘I’m the best player in this draft’

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Michael Porter Jr. still believes he is the best player in the NBA draft, despite the fact he missed almost all of his lone season at Missouri after having back surgery. When asked during Thursday’s session with the media if he could have been the No. 1 pick had it not been for his injury, Porter left no doubt about where his mindset is as he heads into workouts prior to next month’s NBA draft.

“I know without a doubt that I’m the — I played against all these guys, they’re all great players — but I’m the best player in this draft,” Porter said. “And I just can’t wait to show what I’m capable of.”

Porter, who was a top-rated prospect coming out of high school, says he initially suffered his back injury several years ago and is confident he is now “100 percent” healthy after months of rehab.

Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN

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Sources: Nikola Mirotic Out Two-to-Four Weeks with Left Thumb Fracture

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Bucks forward Nikola Mirotic has suffered a slight fracture of his left thumb and will miss at least two-to-four weeks, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Sources: Suns to Meet with Jimmer Fredette

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The Phoenix Suns will meet with former BYU star and Sacramento Kings first-round pick Jimmer Fredette on Thursday, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro.

Gambadoro reports the Suns could sign Fredette through the rest of the season. The Suns currently have an open roster spot.

The 30-year-old guard is currently playing for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association. On Tuesday, the Sharks were eliminated from the postseason. Fredette averaged 36.9 points per game for Shanghai, the league’s top mark.

Source: John Gambadoro via Arizona Sports

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New Orleans has claimed Christian Wood off waivers, league source tells ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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