The Cleveland Cavaliers have found a trading partner for Kevin Porter Jr. after reports of his outburst in the locker room last week.
The Cavaliers agreed to send Porter to the Houston Rockets on Thursday night in exchange for a future second-round pick, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The alleged outburst in Porter’s locker room
The 20-year-old Porter averaged 10 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 50 games last season, for the first time in the league. However, the Seattle-born player has not yet played this season for personal reasons.
He was involved in a car accident in November and is accused of “improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle, transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle accessible to the operator or any passenger without leaving the vehicle.”
Porter allegedly got angry in their locker room last week after learning that the team had given their old cabinet to the Taurean Prince, which the Cavaliers acquired in a deal that sent James Harden to Brooklyn. He is said to have started screaming and throwing food and was left fighting when General Manager Kobe Altman came in and confronted him.
JB Bickerstaff reportedly came in from his office after hearing the commotion and was “shocked and disgusted by what he heard.”
The team was then determined to either find him a craft or plan to release him.
Although Porter’s turbulent last months and extrajudicial problems hung over him, moving to Houston could be a nice change of pace. Given that the Rockets – who reportedly plan to drop Chris Clemons to make room for him – are in the middle of recovery after losing both Harden and Russell Westbrook, he must have plenty of options .
Whether he will take advantage of them, however, remains to be seen.
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