Posted by Tom Withers, AP Sports journalist
CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cleveland Cavaliers are making a deal to send troubled striker Kevin Porter Jr. to the Houston Rockets for a future draft pick, a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press Thursday night.
The Cavs send Porter, a first-round pick two years ago who hasn’t played this season, to the Rockets for a protected second-round pick. The person spoke on condition of anonymity as the trade must be approved by the NBA.
Porter’s days with the Cavs came to an end late last week when he had a breakout in the team’s locker room after learning that his place had been given to newly acquired striker Taurean Prince. Porter had just returned to the team after dealing with personal issues.
He was number 30 on the 2019 draft, and while the Cavs were delighted with his talent, the 20-year-old had been largely a distraction for Cleveland.
Porter was arrested in November after a car accident, but the gun and marijuana charges were later dropped.
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