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The Houston Rockets are working to trade guard Kevin Porter Jr. in the wake of his felony assault and strangulation charges stemming from an alleged attack on his girlfriend, league sources say. The Atlético.
Those sources say the Rockets have contacted several teams offering draft compensation as an incentive to receive Porter, who is scheduled for the 2023-24 season for $15.9 million in Year 1 of a four-year contract. $82.5 million, with three years not guaranteed. In deal scenarios using Porter’s contract, the Rockets would use his salary to target a player under contract who can play immediately and help the team, league sources said.
The Rockets are keeping all options open regarding Porter’s future, a league source said.
With Houston’s biggest offseason acquisitions, the signing of Fred VanVleet and Dillon Brooks in free agency and the selection of Amen Thompson with the fourth pick in June’s draft, the Rockets are trying to be much more competitive next season.
The NBA launched an investigation into Porter after an alleged incident Monday at a New York City hotel where his girlfriend suffered a fractured neck vertebra and a cut above her right eye.
Porter was released Tuesday on $75,000 bail and is due back in court in Manhattan on Oct. 16.
The point guard is not expected to attend Rockets training camp in early October, league sources say.
“The allegations here are horrific,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday. “No doubt about it. But I don’t know anything else about the real facts other than those accusations.
“We are still in the process of gathering information.”
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