Kevin Porter Jr. has agreed to a four-year, $82.5 million rookie extension with the Houston Rockets.

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Kevin Porter Jr. of the Houston Rockets (Credit: Getty Images)

The Houston Rockets have agreed to a $82.5 million four-year contract extension with Kevin Porter Jr. according to ESPN. The Athletic states that only the first season of the deal is fully guaranteed. This contract includes June 2020 trigger dates, which means the Rockets can release Kevin Porter Jr. at any time during the contract without having to pay the rest of the balance.

Since moving to Houston in 2021, Porter has consistently contributed 15.9 points and 6.2 assists per game as a Rocket. He started No. 2 overall pick Jalen Green’s backup point guard position the following year, and his performances have been generally favorable. By signing Porter to this contract, the Houston Rockets are essentially wagering that Kevin Porter Jr. can become a full-time point guard despite his career as a scorer. If he can’t, they have protected themselves by guaranteeing he can’t play.

Porter’s talent has never been in question. He was drafted 30th by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he ended up trading hands after he got into a disagreement with his team when they relocated his locker. Cleveland Rockets’ coach Stephen Silas suspended Porter for a 2022 incident in which he allegedly threw an object at John Lucas’s assistant. Additionally, Kevin Porter Jr. dealt with weapons charges while playing for the Cavaliers; these charges were dropped later on.

Porter’s talent easily outweighs this contract’s terms. This will depend on whether he can maintain his temper. If he can’t, the deal is fine with him. Because the Rockets’ contract is non-guaranteed, they can just bypass it and move on. This puts Porter’s employment status in a very precarious spot. If he excels, he will be employed alongside James on a rising Rockets team.

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