Cavs Trade Problematic Forward Kevin Porter Jr. to Rockets

Kevin Porter Jr. at college with USC. Photo by Thurman James/CSM/Shutterstock

The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded forward Kevin Porter Jr., their first-round pick in 2019, to Houston Rockets, according to multiple reports.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski wrote on Twitter that the Cavs will receive a “future protected second-round pick” as part of the deal. Reportedly, the pick is protected to No.55, which makes it unlikely to convey.

In order to finalize the move, Houston waived Chris Clemons. Clemons, who is currently out with an ACL injury, played 33 games for the Rockets last season and averaged 4.9 points.

The news doesn’t come as a surprise, considering that Cleveland made the decision to part ways with Kevin Porter earlier this week. The USC product clashed with one Cavs’ official after re-joining the team following a lengthy absence, which, coupled with his previous problematic behavior, prompted the organization to move on.

The Rockets are hoping to have a better chance of helping Porter overcome off-the-field issues and have a successful NBA career. The 20-year-old is expected to work closely with assistant John Lucas, who has a history of helping troubled players bounce back and become a factor in the league.

Porter averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists last season with the Cavs. He hasn’t played a single game in 2020/21.