Cavaliers officially trade Kevin Porter Jr. to Rockets

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In exchange, Cleveland receives a future protected second round draft choice

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Porter Jr.

Credit: AP Tony Dejak

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – The Cleveland Cavaliers have officially traded former first-round draft pick Kevin Porter, Jr. to Houston.

In exchange, Cleveland reportedly receives a future protected second round draft choice.

“After careful and thoughtful evaluation, we made the very difficult and collective decision to make this trade,” General Manager Koby Altman said. “Given the culture and environment we have worked to cultivate here in Cleveland, we feel this move is in everyone’s best interest. Kevin has a bright career ahead of him as a professional basketball player and, at his core, is a good person. We wish Kevin and his family well in Houston.”

Cleveland made the decision to move on from Porter, Jr. following a locker room outburst last week. He was reportedly upset that his locker had been moved to another spot.

Porter has missed the entire 2020-21 season for personal reasons. After being selected with the 30th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Porter Jr. appeared in 50 games with Cleveland last season, averaging 10 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game.

During the off-season, he was arrested along I-76 in Mahoning County. Police found a loaded gun and a small amount of marijuana in his car after an accident.

All charges were dismissed after Porter proved he didn’t know the gun was in the car.

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