The Houston Rockets are assigning newly-acquired Kevin Porter Jr. to the G League, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
The Rockets are taking a patient approach with the talented 20-year-old, who they acquired in a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 21.
Porter’s off-court, personal issues led the Cavaliers to trade him.
Porter will get the opportunity to develop his game with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and could eventually get called up when the right time comes.
A similar approach taken by the Memphis Grizzlies last season helped Josh Jackson get his career back on track, notes MacMahon, as Jackson is now playing at the NBA level with the Detroit Pistons.
The condensed G League bubble season in Orlando tips off on Feb. 10 and the Vipers will play 15 games over the course of four weeks.