Kevin Porter Jr

Clippers Signing Kevin Porter Jr, Once Arrested For Violence Involving Girlfriend

The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to a two-year contract with guard Kevin Porter Jr., per NBA insider Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Porter spent this past season playing in Greece after being waived by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"After six weeks of strong play in Greece in April and May, Porter had multiple NBA suitors and chose the Clippers," Charania wrote.

Porter, 23, has been out of the league since his arrest in September following an altercation with his ex-girlfriend, NBA player Kysre Gondrezick. He was originally charged with felony counts of strangulation and assault, though he reached a plea deal in January.

Porter ended up pleading guilty to reckless assault in the third degree, a misdemeanor, as well as harassment in the second degree.

In the wake of all this, the Rockets traded Porter to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who immediately waived him. He has been out of the NBA since.

Nor was that Porter's first run-in with the law since entering the NBA.

Originally drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks with the No. 30 overall pick in 2019, he was immediately traded to the Detroit Pistons, who traded him to the Cavs. His troubles in Cleveland started soon thereafter.

Porter was also arrested following a traffic incident while a member of the Cavs back in 2020. The Cavs traded him to the Rockets after he allegedly yelled at GM/president of basketball operations Koby Altman during a locker room incident. Porter was said to have thrown food at Altman during the ordeal.

Porter is 6-foot-4 and appeared in 59 games last season with Houston, averaging 19.2 points, 5.7 assists and 5.3 rebounds.

He signed a contract extension with the Rockets in October 2022, leaving the Thunder on the hook for $16.9 million of that deal.

PAOK signed Porter in April. He averaged 20.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.8 blocks in four appearances with the club.

The Clippers are losing star forward Paul George to the Philadelphia 76ers in free agency.

(This article was originally posted on Hoops Wire and reprinted with permission.)