The choice is among the 55 best protégés, meaning it will probably never be transmitted, the sources said.
The Rockets are facing Porter, a 6-foot-4 wing that was the 30th overall choice in the 2019 draft, as a recovery project after personal problems prevented him from playing this season. The 20-year-old Porter averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists during a promising debut year last season.
Sources told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst that the Cavaliers decided to switch or dismiss Porter after he had a strident dispute with team leaders last Friday night when he participated in his first game of the season. Porter was upset that his closet was moved to an auxiliary area after his old closet was given to Taurean Prince, which arrived with Jarrett Allen in the team of four James Harden last week.
Atlético first reported the incident with Porter.
Houston to release injured guard Chris Clemons (Achilles tendon) to create a roster point for Porter, the sources said.
The Cavaliers secured a team option in Porter’s contract last month, which means he owes $ 2.13 million for the 2021-22 season. He has another team option for $ 3.85 million for the 2022-23 season.
The Rockets intend that assistant coach John Lucas, who helped several NBA and NFL players overcome personal problems to have successful careers, will work closely with Porter, a source said.
The Cavs were protective when discussing Porter during the season. There was a plan to reinstate him to the squad, although he spent weeks away from his teammates, the sources said. His return to the sideline indicated a progression in that plan, as coach J.B.Bickerstaff told reporters on Friday.
“Obviously, seeing what we’re doing, trying out the games and that sort of thing is going to help him as he returns,” said Bickerstaff. “We have a plan in place with KP. He was always part of the team, but we wanted him to be with the guys.”
On Monday, Bickerstaff said the organization did its best to help Porter.
“We all want to see Kevin’s success and I still feel that way, so whatever happens in the future with him, I hope for nothing but the best for him,” said Bickerstaff. “It is part of our responsibility as coaches to do our best for everyone and try to do the best in each situation and I can say that we did it.”
Porter was arrested on November 15 after an accident in the middle of the night when he flipped his Mercedes SUV. He admitted that he had been drinking in the early evening, and when the police searched the car, he found a loaded gun in the glove compartment and a small amount of marijuana.
A grand jury refused to indict Porter on a criminal weapon charge after proving he didn’t know the gun was in the car. The police also determined that he was not disabled at the time of the accident. A judge dismissed the marijuana misdemeanor charge.
In October, Porter raised the alarm by posting a black square on his Instagram with the message “Would you like to see the end of your time?” After Cavs officers and teammates got in touch, Porter deleted his Instagram account.
Later, he posted a message on Twitter that said in part: “I’m fine. I’ve been through the worst times, I can’t get any worse than I already have. I love and thank you.” This post was also later deleted.
The Cavs negotiated with the draft Porter. Although he was considered one of the most talented players in the draft, Porter slipped after a difficult freshman year at USC when he was suspended at one point for conduct problems.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN contributed to this report.