Rockets GM Takes Firm Stance On Troubled Guard Kevin Porter Jr.

Kevin Porter Jr. is no stranger to off-court drama in his young NBA career. The 23-year-old was recently arrested on domestic violence charges, and Houston Rockets GM Rafael Stone has made it clear that Porter is no longer welcome on the team.

Stone said he told Porter right after the arrest that he "could not be part of the Houston Rockets."

The allegations against him are deeply troubling. Going back a few weeks, as soon as I heard the allegations, I informed his representatives that he could not be part of the Houston Rockets. They understood and he has not been with the team or around the team or had any interaction with the team since that time and will not be at media day today or in training camp.

                                                                    —Houston Rockets GM Rafael Stone

Porter signed a four-year, $63M million extension with the Rockets before last season, but only the first year, at just over $15M, is guaranteed. 

The troubled guard's fate is now in the hands of the NBA, says Stone. 

Porter was also arrested in 2020 while with the Cleveland Cavaliers, when police said they found a loaded handgun and marijuana in his car after a single-vehicle crash.

The season before last, the Rockets suspended him for a game after a halftime blowout with then-coach Stephen Silas.

Porter averaged 19.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game in his third year with Houston last season.

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