Should the OKC Thunder take a chance on Kevin Porter Jr?

it was reported today by the Athletic’s Joe Vardon that Kevin Porter Jr, is to be released or traded by the Cleveland Cavilers following an “outburst” in the team’s Locker Room on Friday. Kevin Porter Jr has not played this season for the Cavs due to personal reasons but grew angry when the team issued Porter Jr’s old locker to the newly acquired Taurean Prince. According to the Athletic, Porter Jr saw his Locker get moved to be around the “young players, end of the bench players.” and began “Yelling and at one point threw food.” Kevin Porter Jr “remained combative” even when Cavs GM Koby Altman entered the Locker Room.

Kevin Porter Jr was also involved in a car accident in November in which he was arrested and charged with improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and failure to control the vehicle as well as misdemeanor possession of Marijuana.

It is safe to say, Kevin Porter isn’t exactly what you think of when you think of the “Thunder Culture” but that is why the Thunder culture is so great. They can get these players who have bad reputations around the league, and at least while they are in Oklahoma City, make all their problems go away. Dion Waiters was the perfect teammate in Oklahoma City after a concerning past. when Waiters went to Miami, he had that whole plane incident. Other players who had checkered pasts prior to their OKC days only to be no problem at all in Bricktown: Enes Kanter, Markieff Morris. Dennis Schroder, and Nerlens Noel.

You have to put your trust in Sam Presti, Mark Daigneault, and this Thunder culture to get the best out of Kevin Porter Jr. A former-first round pick (30th overall in 2019), Porter Jr has all the talent. Many thought he fell too low way back in 2019. During his rookie campaign, the USC product shot 33-percent from deep, 44-percent from the floor, and his per 36 numbers expanded to 15-points, 5-rebounds, 3-assists, and 3-turnovers.

As the Athletic is reporting, the Cavs are ready to release KPJ if they can not find a trade partner, which should tell you his market. In a rebuilding year, the Thunder should absolutely send a few seconds for a chance to rejuvenate an ultra-talented former first-round pick. If KPJ hits the open market OKC should be one of the first in line.

Rylan Stiles

Rylan Stiles is the host of the Locked on Thunder podcast, a media member with the Thunder and the NBA, and Founder of BricktownBuckets.com.

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