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Reports: Cavaliers to trade or release Kevin Porter Jr.

Field Level Media
19 Jan 2021, 03:19 GMT+10

The Cleveland Cavaliers will part ways with guard Kevin Porter Jr. either via trade or release after a tirade in the locker room, multiple reports said Monday.

Porter, 20, was a first-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and averaged 10.0 points, 2.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds in 50 games (three starts) as a rookie last season. He hasn't played this season as he deals with what the team has termed personal issues.

He practiced on Thursday and joined the team on the bench Friday for the Cavs' 106-103 win over the New York Knicks.

But that day, according to The Athletic, Porter also began yelling and throwing food in the locker room when he saw his locker had been moved after his was issued to Taurean Prince, acquired in the four-team trade that sent James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets last week.

His outburst continued even after general manager Koby Altman entered the locker room and spoke to him.

Porter was arrested Nov. 15 after a one-car accident in which he flipped his Mercedes SUV and was charged with improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, failure to control the vehicle and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

The felony gun charge was dropped after a grand jury in Mahoning County, Ohio, decided not to indict him. The misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession was dropped in December, but Porter admitted fault on the failure to control his vehicle charge.

Porter played 21 games in college at Southern California, where coach Andy Enfield suspended him for two weeks for his off-court behavior.

--Field Level Media

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