Former Raptor Jontay Porter pleads guilty in betting scandal, faces lengthy prison sentence

Former Raptor Jontay Porter pleads guilty in betting scandal, faces lengthy prison sentence

Former Toronto Raptors star Jontay Porter, who was recently suspended for life from the league for violating NBA rules, has had a hellish year that has gone from bad to worse.

Jontay Porter #34 of the Toronto Raptors is guarded by Grant Williams #2 of the Charlotte Hornets during the second half of an NBA game at Scotiabank Arena on March 3, 2024 in Toronto, Canada….

Cole Burston/Getty Images

According to Bleacher Report, Porter “pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud” in a case related to the sports betting scandal that ended his career in the world’s best basketball league. Depending on the verdict, Porter could face up to four years in prison.

The 6-foot-11, 21-inch power forward/center, the younger brother of Denver Nuggets starting small forward Michael Porter Jr., went undrafted out of Missouri in 2019. He initially signed at the end of the 2019-20 season with the Memphis Grizzlies, who immediately signed him to a long-term, multi-year deal the following season. Memphis ultimately released Porter in July 2021. In just 11 games with the club, he averaged 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds while playing an average of 4.9 minutes per night.

Porter has kicked in the G League for several consecutive seasons, playing for the NBAGL affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks, the Wisconsin Herd, in the 2022-23 season and began the 2023-24 season playing for the Detroit Pistons’ G League affiliate, the Motor City Cruise.

The 24-year-old, a solid point guard for his position and size, signed a two-way deal with the Raptors in December 2023, and that’s when the trouble began. Two-way contracts don’t count toward an NBA team’s standard 15 roster spots. Clubs can have up to three two-way signings at any point during the season. Two-way players can only appear in 50 games for their NBA franchise and typically split their time between the NBA proper and the G League.

Read more: Toronto Raptors News: Young big man Jontay Porter out of team amid betting scandal

In 26 games with Toronto (including five starts), Porter averaged 4.4 points on .385/.333/.833 slash line, 3.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks per game and played an average of 13.8 minutes per game for the Raptors.

Porter has significantly improved his game with the Raptors’ G League team, Raptors 905, during his limited time with the team. In seven G League regular season games, Porter has averaged 13.1 points on .344/.298/.636 shooting, 10.9 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 2.6 blocks, and 1.4 steals per night.

However, Porter’s good streak in the NBA did not last long.

Porter was ultimately banned for life after it was discovered that he had conspired with four men to bet that he would underachieve in two games in which he forced a quick exit. According to the Associated Press, Porter’s co-conspirators first appeared in court in June.

Now Porter himself is set to be sentenced. It’s a sad story for a promising young talent. Although he’s been banned from the league, he could still continue his football career abroad. A lengthy prison sentence would of course delay that for a while.