Published: Tue, January 19, 2021
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Cavaliers, Kevin Porter Jr. expected to go separate ways

Cavaliers, Kevin Porter Jr. expected to go separate ways

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.

Now, Porter Jr. will either be traded or released although based on this conduct, a release is the likeliest option at this point.

Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman reportedly came into the locker room to address the issue with Porter Jr. but the young player remained furious.

They have banned Kevin Porter Jr. from the facilities until they can figure out a way to get rid of him.

Porter was on the bench for Friday night's game against the New York Knicks, which was the first time he was with the Cavaliers for a game this season.

Porter averaged 10.0 points and 3.2 rebounds per game as a rookie past year.

The Cavs have always been intrigued by Porter's on-court ability, but the 20-year-old has had issues away from the floor.

"We all want to see Kevin be successful and I still feel that way, so whatever it is that happens in the future for him, I hope nothing but the best for him", Bickerstaff said.

In November, he was involved in a single-car accident and police found a loaded handgun and marijuana in his vehicle. Porter contended he didn't know the gun was there. Porter had grown frustrated recently because the team had been holding him out.

Cleveland drafted Porter with the No. 30 overall pick in 2019 knowing he had issues while at Southern California. "Ultimately, I think Koby being unable to calm him was the last straw that broke the camel's back".

"We'll keep building together", Bickerstaff said.

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