NBA star Kevin Porter Jr is set to be waived or traded by Cleveland after a recent locker room outburst that left Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff “shocked and disgusted”.
Porter, a former first-round pick, has not played this season because of personal issues and seemed frustrated when he discovered his locker was moved to a wall with younger players, The Athletic reported.
Porter’s old locker was reportedly given to Taurean Prince, who came over from the Nets as part of the four-team James Harden trade.
Porter started screaming and even threw food resulting in Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman confronting Porter, who “remained combative,” according to the report.
It also claims coach Bickerstaff was “shocked and disgusted” by what he heard and came in.
An ESPN report claims the 20-year-old was then told to clean out his new locker and teammates were told he would no longer be part of the team.
Bickerstaff said he would leave questions about his status to Altman when asked why Porter wasn’t at practice on Wednesday.
“I think the players will be disappointed because they have a relationship with Kevin… we all want to see Kevin be successful and I still feel that way… I hope nothing but the best for him.”
Porter has been in the headlines for the wrong reasons of late. He was involved in a one-car accident in November and charged with “improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, transport loaded firearm in a motor vehicle accessible to operator or any passenger without leaving the vehicle.”
Days later, two women filed a police report saying they were attacked by Porter in an incident unrelated to the car accident.
Porter averaged 10 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists over 50 games last year as a rookie.