For the first time this season, Cleveland Cavaliers wing Kevin Porter Jr. was a participant in the team’s training camp practice.
“KP was with us today and participated in parts of practice,” head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “He had been working individually with myself and one of our other coaches and today was his first day where he brought him back. And then expectations are for him to do more tomorrow.”
When asked what made him “comfortable” bringing Porter Jr. back, Bickerstaff said there was nothing that ever made him uncomfortable with having Porter around.
“I was never uncomfortable,” Bickerstaff said. “Again, we continue to have conversations. He and I had never stopped having dialogues and conversations. I think it was a conversation among all of us organizationally and the decision was made for him to come back and join us.”
He also said that he would let Porter Jr. speak for himself in regards if he learned anything from his incidents over the summer.
“Honestly, that’s something that I let him speak on. Again, we have had a ton of conversations. I prefer to keep those conversations between the two of us and give him the opportunity to speak for himself when he has the time.”
Porter Jr. was arrested over the summer on a weapons charge after he rolled his car over near Youngstown. He was also accused of striking a woman in August during a confrontation.
While he's been out, the Cavs have been working with him and JaVale McGee (who has let to practice) on video calls. It’s unclear if Porter Jr. will be available to play when the Cavs start their preseason on Saturday at home against the Indiana Pacers.