JB Bickerstaff: Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said Kevin Porter Jr. wasn’t at practice today and added, “We all want to see Kevin be successful, and I still feel that way. Whatever it is that happens in the future for him, I hope nothing but the best for him.”
Michael Scotto: Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said Kevin Porter Jr. wasn't at practice today and added, "We all want to see Kevin be successful, and I still feel that way. Whatever it is that happens in the future for him, I hope nothing but the best for him."
The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to part ways with Kevin Porter Jr. after a fiery outburst in the Cavs' locker room on Friday, a team source confirmed to BasketballNews.com.
Originally reported by The Athletic this morning, Porter's locker was given to newcomer Taurean Prince and his new locker was near the lounge area with the reserves. The report indicates that Porter started shouting and at one point threw food (though the source told BasketballNews.com that this was relatively minor). However, the confrontation between Porter and general manager Koby Altman was very heated.
Porter felt disrespected that his locker was moved, but the team source says that the decision was based on NBA seniority and spacing to adhere to COVID-19 protocols. The source said that Altman tried to settle him down and hear him out; however, Porter had none of it and "pushed Koby past his breaking point."
"He snapped on Koby, and Koby snapped back," the source told BasketballNews.com. "Ultimately, I think Koby being unable to calm him was the last straw that broke the camel's back." The source said that Porter is not allowed back at Cleveland Clinic Courts at the moment. The Cavaliers will try to find a trade for Porter, potentially packaging the second-year swingman with a big man.
At this point, the team source is hopeful that Porter can turn things around in his life and continue to progress as a man: "I'm worried about him outside of basketball at this point."
Cavaliers guard Kevin Porter Jr. is expected to be traded or released following an outburst Friday in the Cavs locker room, The Athletic has learned from several sources with direct knowledge of the events. Porter, 20, who has not played this season due to personal issues, grew angry when he entered the locker room and realized the team gave his old locker to Taurean Prince, who was acquired in a blockbuster trade Wednesday. Sources said Porter, whose locker was moved to the wall where the younger, end-of-bench players reside, began yelling and at one point threw food.
Sources said Porter, whose locker was moved to the wall where the younger, end-of-bench players reside, began yelling and at one point threw food. Sources said general manager Koby Altman came into the locker room and confronted Porter, and the player remained combative with his boss. The Cavs spent the weekend trying to trade him. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff heard the commotion in the locker room from his office and came in, shocked and disgusted by what he heard.
A grand jury declined to indict Porter on a felony weapons charge after he was able to prove he didn't know the gun was in the car. Police also determined he was not impaired at the time of the accident. A judge dismissed the misdemeanor pot charge. In October, Porter raised alarms when he posted a black square on his Instagram with the message "Do you ever wish to see the end of your time?" After Cavs officials and teammates reached out, Porter deleted his Instagram account.
February 27, 2021 | 9:03 pm EST Update
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