Kevin Porter Jr. appears to be on his way out of Cleveland.
The Cavaliers are expected to trade or release Porter following the 20-year-old’s recent locker room outburst, according to The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd, Joe Vardon, Kelsey Russo and Shams Charania. Porter reportedly began yelling and at one point threw food after he entered the locker room Friday and learned the team had given his old locker to Taurean Prince, who was acquired by Cleveland as part of the blockbuster James Harden trade.
Porter was “combative” with Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman, per The Athletic, and coach J.B. Bickerstaff was “shocked and disgusted” by what had transpired. After the incident, other Cavs players were told Porter would no longer be a member of the team, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
The Bucks selected Porter with the No. 30 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and traded him to the Pistons. Detroit then sent Porter to Cleveland, and the former USC standout showed promise as a rookie, averaging 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 2019-20.
Unfortunately for Porter and the Cavaliers, he was unable to carry that momentum into this season. He had not been available for any games in 2020-21 prior to the outburst, sitting out for unspecified personal reasons. Porter has dealt with off-the-court issues while at USC and with the Cavs, but he was on his way to rejoining the rotation. Now all hopes of Porter sticking in Cleveland seem to be gone.
Given his limited NBA experience and personal troubles, it’s difficult to envision a scenario in which the Cavaliers trade Porter for a real asset. It’s far more likely Cleveland releases Porter or waits to include him as a piece of a larger deal closer to the trade deadline.