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Cavaliers trading former first-round pick Kevin Porter Jr. to Rockets

Cavaliers trading former first-round pick Kevin Porter Jr. to Rockets
Cleveland Cavaliers wing Kevin Porter Jr. averaged 10 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 50 games during his rookie season. File Photo by Erik Drost/Wikimedia Commons

Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers agreed to trade 2019 first-round pick Kevin Porter Jr. to the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.

League sources told ESPN and The Athletic that Houston will acquire Porter in exchange for a future protected second-round draft pick. The teams have yet to confirm the trade agreement.

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The Cavaliers were looking to move Porter after an incident last week involving team officials. According to multiple reports, Porter became angry when the team gave his old locker to teammate Taurean Prince, who joined the Cavs after being traded from the Brooklyn Nets.

After a screaming match with Cavaliers officials, Porter was told to clean out his locker. According to ESPN, members of the team were told that he'd no longer be with the organization.

Porter hasn't played for the Cavaliers this season for what the team has called "personal reasons." He was arrested in November and faced charges of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, failure to control the vehicle and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Those charges were eventually dismissed.

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The 20-year-old Porter averaged 10 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 50 games during his rookie season. The 6-foot-4, 203-pound wing entered the league as the No. 30 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

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