The Cleveland Cavaliers plan to trade or forgo Kevin Porter Jr. from round one in 2019, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Porter hasn’t played this season for personal reasons and was mostly absent from the team. He worked his way back and took part in his first game on Friday night when the Cavs defeated the New York Knicks.
However, that night he had a screaming match with team officials after his locker was moved to a side area to accommodate new teammate Taurean Prince, who arrived at a deal last week with Jarrett Allen from the Brooklyn Nets. After the episode, Porter was ordered to clear his locker and other roster members were informed that he would no longer be on the team.
The athlete first reported the incident with Porter.
The team added an option to Porter’s contract last month. He still has a year to spend on $ 1.7 million.
The Cavs talked about porter during the season. There was a plan to hopefully reintegrate him into the squad despite being weeks away from his teammates. His return to the sidelines indicated a further development of that plan, as coach J.B. Bickerstaff told reporters on Friday.
“Obviously, when he comes back, it will help him see what we do, see the games and things like that,” said Bickerstaff. “We have a plan with KP. He’s always been part of the team, but we wanted him with the boys.”
On Monday, Bickerstaff said the organization had done its best to help Porter.
“We all want Kevin to be successful and I still feel that way. Whatever happens to him in the future, I hope nothing but the best for him,” said Bickerstaff. “It is our responsibility as coaches to give everything to everyone and try to get the best out of every situation and I can say we did.”
Porter, 20, was arrested on November 15 following a nightly accident while turning his Mercedes SUV over. He admitted to drinking earlier that evening and when police searched the car they found a loaded pistol in the glove compartment and a small amount of marijuana.
A grand jury declined to indict Porter on a criminal weapon charge after he was able to prove that he did not know the gun was in the car. The police also found that he was not impaired at the time of the accident. A judge dismissed the offense charge.
In October, Porter warned when he saw a black square on his Instagram saying, “Do you ever want to see the end of your time?” Published. After Cavs officials and teammates contacted, Porter deleted his Instagram account.
He later posted a message on Twitter, some of which read, “I’m fine. I’ve already gone through my worst, can’t get any worse than what I’ve already been through. Love & Thank you.” This post was also deleted later.
The Cavs traded to get Porter with the number 30 in the 2019 draft. Despite being seen as one of the most talented players in the draft, Porter slipped after a rocky first year at USC when he was suspended at one point because of behavior problems.
He had a promising rookie season for the Cavs in 2019-20, averaging 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 50 games.