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Rockets Acquire Kevin Porter Jr.

POSTED: January 22, 2021 -- 3:56 p.m. CT

The Houston Rockets today announced they have acquired guard Kevin Porter Jr. from Cleveland in exchange for a protected second round pick.

The second round pick is a top-55 protected pick. Cleveland picked up a team option on Porter's contract last month, meaning he is owed $2.13 million for the 2021-22 season. He has another team option for $3.85 million for the 2022-23 season.

Porter (6'4", 203) was the 30th overall pick by the Cavaliers in the 2019 NBA Draft following his freshman season at USC. As a rookie last season, the 20-year-old appeared in 50 games with three starts while averaging 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 23.2 minutes per game.

Dating back to 1994-95, Porter joined Nikola Jokic (2015-16) as the only rookies to have averaged at least 10.0 points per game, 3.0 rebounds per game and 2.0 assists per game in fewer than 25.0 minutes per game.

Porter definitely has basketball talent; however, in addition to his confrontation with Cavs GM Koby Altman, Porter Jr has dealt with off-court issues during his young life.

This Basketball News article by Spencer Davies provides additional details of some of Porter Jr's issues:

'In August of 2020, he was accused of punching a woman in the face. In November of 2020, he was arrested following a one-car crash and had a loaded handgun in the vehicle. Despite the pair of off-court incidents over the offseason, Porter came back to the Cavs' facility on Dec. 7, going through individual workouts with Bickerstaff with assistant coaches Sam Jones and Josh Estes. Porter even participated in a full-team practice on Dec. 10.'

In a related move, the Rockets have waived guard Chris Clemons who appeared in 33 games as a rookie last season.

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