The Cleveland Cavaliers are actively looking to trade Kevin Porter Jr. after the shooting guard threw a tantrum and his food in protest after finding out his locker was moved, according to Jason Lloyd, Joe Vardon, Kelsey Russo and Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The 30th overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft reportedly threw his food during his outburst when he entered the Cleveland locker room on Friday and learned that Taurean Prince was given his old locker.
Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman reportedly came into the locker room to address the issue with Porter Jr. but the young player remained furious.
Things took an even bigger turn after that, via Spencer Davies of BasketballNews.com:
“The argument kept escalating and Porter was heard yelling about ‘modern-day slavery,’” Davies wrote. “Porter had grown frustrated recently because the team had been holding him out. He has yet to play in a game this season.
“‘He snapped on Koby, and Koby snapped back,’ the source told BasketballNews.com. ‘Ultimately, I think Koby being unable to calm him was the last straw that broke the camel’s back.’
“The source said that Porter is not allowed back at Cleveland Clinic Courts at the moment. The Cavaliers will try to find a trade for Porter, potentially packaging the second-year swingman with a big man.”
The Cavaliers spent the weekend trying to trade him and will release him if no deal can be reached.
Porter Jr. averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists during his 2020 rookie campaign.