- The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to trade or waive Kevin Porter Jr.
- Porter was the 30th overall pick of the 2019 draft and averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists during his rookie season.
- He was arrested last November for improper gun handling and possession of marijuana but was subsequently cleared of all charges.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to release of trade second-year player Kevin Porter Jr. after an incident inside the Cavs’ locker room after last Friday’s game against the New York Knicks.
Porter reportedly got heated and was involved in a screaming match with team officials after he found out that his locker had been given to the newly-acquired Taurean Prince, who arrived with Jarrett Garrett last week in the James Harden deal. Porter reportedly got angry after finding out and he remained combative even after GM Koby Altman and head coach J.B. Bickerstaff entered the locker room. After the episode, Porter was reportedly told to empty his locker and the other members of the roster were informed that Porter was no longer part of the team.
The latest development is another blow to Porter who is coming off a rough offseason and it came at a time when he was nearing his return to the basketball court.
NBA’s Kevin Porter Jr’s Gun, Weed Charges Dropped, Stemming From Car Accident https://t.co/NvNbyAbybj
— TMZ (@TMZ) December 18, 2020
Porter is coming off a tumultuous offseason where he was arrested and charged with improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle after a car accident. The 20-year old from USC flipped his SUV on November 15, 2020 on an interstate southeast of Cleveland. At the scene, police found a loaded .45 caliber handgun and a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle.
A grand jury declined to indict Porter on a felony weapons charge after he was able to prove that he didn’t know that the gun was inside the car. Police also determined that Porter was not impaired at the time of the accident. A judge also dismissed the misdemeanor pot charges against him.
One month earlier, Porter raised alarms when posted a black square on his Instagram account with the message “Do you wish to see the end of your time?”. Team officials and his teammates quickly reached out to him and he immediately deleted his IG account. He would later post on Twitter that he’s “fine” and that things “can’t get worse” than what he already had been through. That social media post was also later deleted.
Cavs Traded Up for Porter
Cavs announce via press release to the world that they’ve completed draft night trade for Kevin Porter Jr. The good people there told us about an hour ago they’d be announcing it soon. pic.twitter.com/IecvPTQbQ8
— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) June 27, 2019
Porter was the 30th overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks after averaging 9.5 PPG and 4.0 RPG while shooting 41% from the three-point area in only one season at USC. The Cavs traded to get Porter, via Detroit, sending a record $5M plus four second-round picks to the Pistons to get his draft rights.
He was considered one of the steals of the draft and had a promising rookie season where he averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game in 50 games while owning a 442/.335/.723 shooting split. Porter is due to earn $1.72M this season, and $1.78M during the 2021-22 season, with a $3.22M team option for the 2022-23 NBA campaign.
However, Porter has not played a single game this season and has been listed as out due to what the the team labeled as “personal reasons”. The Cavs were reportedly working his way back to being integrated to the roster. He had progressed in that process by attending last Friday’s win over the New York Knicks but after his latest controversy, it looks like the Cavs want no more part of him.