The race for the second two-way contract appears to be over. Well, for now, at least.
With six training camp invites on the preseason roster, and only one open two-way spot, the Golden State Warriors had some choices to make. They chose Alfonzo McKinnie, whose non-guaranteed contract has been replaced with a two-way deal, per Shams Charania.
Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Golden State Warriors have signed training camp invite Alfonzo McKinnie to a two-way NBA contract. This could be a procedural move for McKinnie to negotiate newer deal.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 12, 2018
The McKinnie signing solidifies the team’s strategy regarding two-way contracts. After waiving Chris Boucher at the beginning of the offseason, general manager Bob Myers said the team is looking for more Quinn Cooks - the type of players who can join the team when the injuries pile up, and provide solid minutes.
So while Deyonta Davis or Kendrick Nunn may have a higher ceiling than the 26-year old McKinnie, the Warriors are signing a trustworthy player who they feel can give them quality minutes at any point during the season.
With the two-way contracts now filled, the Warriors have just two slots remaining: the 14th and 15th guaranteed contracts on the roster. However, they’re openly planning on just using one of those spots, and they may fill it with a non-guaranteed contract while they wait for Patrick McCaw.