Sources Confirm Thunder Acquiring Kevin Porter Jr., Waiving Him


The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets have exchanged guard Kevin Porter Jr. and two future second-round picks, the team announced on Tuesday night. Porter will be waived by the Thunder right away, sources informed ESPN on Tuesday.

According to sources who spoke to ESPN, the Rockets will receive Victor Oladipo and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl in exchange for the Thunder receiving a 2028 second-round selection from the Milwaukee Bucks and a 2027 second-round pick via the Minnesota Timberwolves.

In essence, the agreement saves the Rockets $5.5 million in salary by allowing the Thunder to accumulate draft assets and forcing them to pay the remaining $16.9 million in guaranteed salary on Porter’s new four-year contract.

After being detained on September 11 in New York for allegedly attacking his girlfriend, former WNBA star Kysre Gondrezick, at the Millennium Hilton close to the UN, Porter’s future in the NBA is seriously in doubt.

At Porter’s arraignment the following day, the prosecution first claimed that the assault had left Gondrezick with a deep cut above her right eye and a fractured neck vertebra. However, on Monday, Manhattan prosecutors dropped one of the assault charges against Porter, admitting that he had not broken Gondrezick’s neck during the alleged assault.

Porter “didn’t hit me,” Gondrezick told the New York Post on Tuesday, refuting claims that he had physically assaulted her.

Porter has entered a not-guilty plea to the counts of second-degree strangling and third-degree assault.

During the previous season, Porter agreed to a four-year contract deal worth up to $82.5 million. Because of Porter’s past off-court problems, it is only partially assured.

Porter attended USC for one season before being suspended due to behavioral problems. He was selected with the thirtyth overall choice in the 2019 draft. After playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers during his first season, he left the team for personal reasons the next year. After yelling at Cavaliers officials, he was traded to the Rockets in January 2021 for a top-55 protected second-round pick.

Over the next seven years, the Thunder have accumulated 15 first-round and 22 second-round selections. In an off-season trade with the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City obtained Oladipo in exchange for two future second-round selections. Oladipo is recovering from a torn patellar tendon in his left knee and has a $9.5 million deal that is about to expire.

Robinson-Earl has a $2 million team option for the following season and a $1.9 million guarantee for this one.