CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to a deal to send talented but troubled swingman Kevin Porter Jr. to the Houston Rockets in exchange for a future second-round pick, sources told cleveland.com.
The second round is protected by the top 55 and is unlikely to ever surrender, sources say. However, sources say the Rockets will take Porter with one of its trade exceptions, allowing the Cavs to replace Porter’s remaining salary ̵
The still unofficial move also opens a list – and enough flexibility under the luxury tax – for the Cavs to try to sign a backup point, while Matthew Delavevedova stays out indefinitely due to the turmoil.
Since the Cavaliers locker room eruption on Friday night, the front office has been looking at various trading opportunities.
While frustrated with the need to continue with Porter, who was the 30th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and once considered a potential cornerstone of that recovery, the Cavs hoped to find a trading partner instead of giving it up outright. They were also looking for good situations and believe that the presence of assistant coach John Lucas, who has a history of working with troubled players, could help Porter change his life in Houston.
The Cavs can now officially move on and focus on players who have acted as mature professionals and have participated in a better-than-expected 7-7 start.
“We got it,” a cleveland.com player said Monday. “It simply came to our notice then. At the moment, things are going in a positive direction. “
The Cavs believe in Porter’s talent. They have always had him, considering him one of the most exciting players in last year’s draft and see him as a useful risk with the last choice in the First Round, paying $ 5 million and giving up four second rounds to acquire him. But the problems of maturity that led him to slip aboard continued in Cleveland – and this far exceeded his arrest on November 15.
It was one step forward and then a few steps back. He failed to order good enough days in a row and continued to sabotage his own progress. At one point, sources said, Porter did not work to achieve the goals set by his organization, away from the court, so as not to restore his trust. It was also a sign that he did not learn from his mistakes and did not take the situation as seriously as the team wanted.
From the Cavs’ point of view, there was a collective fatigue in the relationship with Porter, who will not get much more chances in the NBA. He was never suspended. He was not fined. They tried to work with it, investing time, energy, effort and resources. The decision to continue, which was made shortly after his “small outburst,” as one source described it, was not an easy one. It came as a result of many factors, including disrespect for staff members and teammates. This blast in the locker room became a turning point.
“The organization has done everything and more for him,” said a source.
In the evening, when Porter joined his teammates and took a positive step toward his return, the young man became angry and started screaming when he entered the locker room and realized that the team had given his old cabinet a new arrival Taurean Prince, which was acquired in James with four Hard blockbuster trading teams last Wednesday. A source says the decision is based on seniority and intervals in the NBA to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols. Since Porter was not expected to play in the near future and Prince was in the rotation every night, it made more sense for Prince to be closer to his teammates.
This moment of frustration, which involved Porter throwing food, led to General Manager Kobe Altman, who came in to talk to Porter, who did not want to cool off. After this heated confrontation, Porter was told to clean his locker and take it out of the building.
“We all want to see Kevin successful and I still feel that way,” said Cavs head coach JB Bickerstaff recently. “So whatever happens to him in the future, I hope nothing but the best for him. And it is part of our responsibility as coaches to do our best and try to make the most of every situation. I can say that we did it. “
The 20-year-old Porter is still not playing this season due to personal problems. He was disappointed because the team was holding him. In August 2020, he was accused of hitting a woman in the face. In October, Porter posted a black square on his Instagram with the message, “Do you ever want to see the end of your time?” help. He was involved in a car accident in November – arrested and charged with improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, inability to control the vehicle and illegal possession of marijuana. All these accusations were rejected.
After averaging 10 points and 3.2 rebounds as a rookie last year in 23.2 minutes, Porter was considered a bright spot. Now he will try to revive his career with the Rockets.
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