Cleveland Cavs news leading up to this week’s NBA Draft and the start of free agency is not great. Coming off a pretty solid rookie season, former first-round pick Kevin Porter Jr. is in some trouble with the law.
Porter, 20, was arrested early Sunday morning by authorities in Ohio’s Mahoning County on gun charges.
“State Highway Patrol arrested Porter near Canfield, along I-76. An officer at the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office said Troopers booked Porter about 7:30 am and released him on $4,000 bond about three hours later,” Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reported.
Cavs news: Kevin Porter Jr. in trouble with the law
According to a booking document, a firearm was loaded an accessible to any passenger of the vehicle. That is against Ohio state law.
“We are aware of the situation involving Kevin Porter Jr. and are in the process of gathering information,” the Cavs said in a statement. “We have spoken with Kevin and will continue to address this privately with him as the related process evolves.”
This comes after a tremendous rookie season from the former USC standout. Porter Jr. averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists on 44% shooting from the field. He figures to be an important cog for the rebuilding Cavs moving forward.
As for Saturday morning’s arrest, it remains to be seen how this will impact Porter’s future with the Cavs. However, it must be noted that the small amount of $4,000 seems to suggest that this is a minor issue. Time will tell on that front.
The Cavs head into this week’s action boasting the fifth overall selection in the 2020 NBA Draft. Porter’s arrest is highly unlikely to change their draft plans. However, it still can’t be seen as great news for the young forward and his organization. That’s for sure.
We’ll obviously have more updates as they become available.