The Cleveland Cavaliers found a trading partner for Kevin Porter Jr. after his reported locker room outbreak last week.
The Cavaliers agreed to send Porter to the Houston Rockets Thursday night in exchange for a future second-round draft pick, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Portier’s alleged locker room
Porter, 20, averaged 10 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 50 games last season, his first in the league. However, Seattle natives have not played yet this season due to personal reasons.
He was involved in a car accident in November and was charged with “mishandling firearms in a motor vehicle, carrying firearms in a motor vehicle accessible to the operator or any passenger without leaving the vehicle.”
Porter reportedly got angry in their locker room last week after hearing the team had given their old locker to Taurean Prince, which the Cavaliers acquired in the huge deal that sent James Harden to Brooklyn. He allegedly started yelling and throwing food and remained fighting when general manager Koby Altman came in and confronted him.
JB Bickerstaff was also said to have come in from his office after hearing the noise and was “shocked and disgusted by what he heard.”
The team was then determined to either find a deal for him or plan to release him.
Although Porter’s tumult over the past few months and out-of-court issues have hung over him, the move to Houston could be a good pace change. Given that the Rockets – who reportedly plan to give up Chris Clemons to open a roster for him – are in the midst of a rebuild after losing both Harden and Russell Westbrook, he should have plenty of options.
Whether he benefits from them, however, remains to be seen.
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