Kevin Porter Jr. Finally Lands New Gig

He was booted out of the NBA before the season began, as the Houston Rockets dumped him to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who then waived him immediately, after he was arrested and charged with the assault and strangulation of his girlfriend.

Now, after a plea deal with prosecutors reached in January, Porter has landed with a team in Greece on a one-month contract. 

The deal pays Porter $10,000 to play with PAOK. Porter had signed a four-year, $82.5 million extension with Houston before the 2022-23 season, but only the first season and $15 million of it was guaranteed. The Rockets were quick to move on from the mercurial and undisciplined guard after that one guaranteed season. 

Now, instead of the $67 million that he could have earned had he stayed in the NBA, he'll get this $10 grand for a month in Greece.

Porter will make his debut this week and then play three other games in the second phase of the Greek top league. If the team makes the playoffs, his agreement would be extended until the end of the season.

In four havoc-laden NBA seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the  Rockets, Porter averaged 15.3 points on 43.1 percent shooting along with 4.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists.

Among his troubles in the Association:

  • 2020: Arrest in November for loaded weapon in his car after vehicle crash
  • 2021: Argument with Cleveland team officials (which led to his first trade)
  • 2021: Fined by NBA for violating the league's health and safety protocols
  • 2022: Verbal altercation with assistant coach John Lucas, sent home at halftime
  • 2023: Above-noted assault charges in relation to his girlfriend
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