Cleveland Trades Kevin Porter Jr. To Rockets Following Locker Room Tirade
The trade comes after the team decided to trade Porter rather than waive him after he got into an altercation with a team official, the latest problem to arise surrounding the young athlete. Last Friday, Porter went on a tirade and threw food after learning that his locker was given to Taurean Prince. Prince and Jarrett Allen were acquired by Cleveland, who was part of the four-team trade that sent James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets.
The 2019 first-round pick has yet to play in a game this season for the Cavaliers. The second-year guard finished his rookie season with 9.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists over 50 games last year.
The Rockets will pay the minimal price of a second-round pick for Porter’s raw skill and potential, despite recent mishaps in his personal life. Houston’s assistant coach, John Lucas, will work with the guard. Lucas has helped several NBA and NFL players overcome personal issues.
OFFICIAL: The #Rockets today announced they have acquired guard Kevin Porter Jr. from Cleveland in exchange for a protected second round pick.
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 22, 2021
In October 2020, Porter posted on his Instagram a black square captioned, “Do you ever wish to see the end of your time?” The post was deleted after Cavaliers officials and teammates reached out to the 20-year-old.
Recently, the guard was arrested on November 15 because of a crash that saw him flip his Mercedes SUV. He admitted that he had been drinking earlier in the evening. Police searched the vehicle and found a loaded handgun and a small amount of marijuana.
A grand jury declined to indict the guard on a felony weapons charge after proving that he was unaware of the gun being in the car. A judge dismissed the misdemeanor pot charge. Police also determined that he was not impaired at the time of the accident.