AP source: Cavs move on without troubled Kevin Porter Jr
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cavaliers went to extremes to bring Kevin Porter Jr. forward. He pushed her too far.
Cleveland has decided to break away from the troubled and talented player, a person familiar with his position on the team told The Associated Press on Monday.
The Cavs are buying in porters to see if they can find a trading partner before considering approving the 2019 first round draft pick, the person said on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation.
Porter hasn't played this season and just rejoined the team last week after addressing personal issues, which included a legal issue from November. The 20-year-old was in street clothes and on the bench Friday night when the Cavs defeated the New York Knicks.
But after the game, Porter reportedly got angry when he learned the Cavs had misplaced his locker for newly acquired striker Taurean Prince, who dropped in on four-team deal with the Brooklyn Nets earlier this week.
Porter reportedly had a heated confrontation with General Manager Koby Altman.
After Monday's practice, during which the Cavs welcomed center Jarrett Allen and Prince to the ground for the first time, coach J. B. Bickerstaff said he was disappointed that it didn't work out with Porter.
"We all want Kevin to be successful and I still feel that way. Whatever happens to him in the future, I hope nothing but the best for him," said Bickerstaff. "It's part of our responsibility as coaches to give everything to everyone and try to get the best out of every situation and I can say we did that."
The Cavs have always been intrigued by Porter's abilities, but his problems on the ground slowed his development and made him a distraction.
In November he was involved in a car accident and police found a loaded gun and marijuana in his car. Porter claimed he didn't know the gun was there. The charges were dismissed.
The team worked with Porter to bring his life together. He seemed to be making progress and returned to the Cavs for training last week, only to have the breakout on Friday which the team saw as a breaking point.
Cleveland designed the number 30 Porter in 2019 knowing he was struggling in Southern California. As a rookie, he averaged 10 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 50 games.
The Cavs once considered him part of their young core with Collin Sexton, Darius Garland, and others. Now they're just hoping Porter can start over somewhere else.
We'll keep building together, said Bickerstaff. 'We only want what's best for him. Whatever it looks like, we want the best for Kevin. ''
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