Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kevin Porter Jr. allegedly flipped out over the team moving his locker and threw food in anger, according to a report from The Athletic.
It looks like the 20-year-old guard’s time could be coming to an early end in Cleveland after being drafted in 2019. Sources are saying that the Cavs are now expected to trade or release Porter after he lashed out.
The second-year player hasn’t played in a single game so far this season because of personal issues. However, things got heated when Porter entered the locker room on Friday. He realized that Cleveland moved his locker and that newcomer Taurean Prince had taken over his space. The Cavs traded for Prince on Wednesday in the blockbuster trade that sent James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets.
Supposedly, Porter’s new locker was moved to the wall where new and fringe bench players are located. Porter became upset and began yelling before eventually taking his anger out by throwing food around the area. Additionally, general manager Koby Altman came in to try to talk to Porter. But the young guard continued his tirade and continued to be combative with Altman.
Cavs head coach J.B. Bickerstaff also heard Porter’s tirade from his office. When he checked on the commotion, he was allegedly stunned by the scene in the locker room. Therefore, Cleveland took action and immediately began looking for trade partners for Porter over the weekend.
Further reports on Monday have said that the team may cut ties with Porter altogether. If Porter is released, Cleveland won’t receive any compensation for a young, promising guard. Many thought Porter could be part of the team’s rebuild after superstar LeBron James left the Cavs to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018.
[H/T The Athletic]
Cleveland Cavaliers Stars Donate $150,000 to Arena Workers
In other more positive news within the Cleveland Cavaliers organization, two players stepped up big time to help out those in need. In late December, Cavs stars Kevin Love and Andre Drummond joined together to donate $150,000 for arena staff out of work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Part-time workers at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse – home to the Cavs – have lost their jobs because of the NBA’s pandemic restrictions. Since there are no fans allowed in the seats, most of the arena’s game day staff are not needed.
According to a report from Forbes reporter Chris Manning, Cleveland’s owner Dan Gilbert is also stepping up. He said he would cover $1.2 million in arena worker’s lost income for missed events through mid-April. In addition to Gilbert’s generosity, Love and Drummond chipped in as well. Love donated $100,000 and Drummond donated $50,000 to add a total of $150,000 to the good cause.