McKinnie signed a two-year non-guaranteed deal with the Warriors earlier today — for those concerned about Patrick McCaw’s fate (AND WHO ISN’T?!?!?!?), McKinnie’s non-guaranteed status means that it’s still possible for McCaw to re-sign, as Brady described here earlier. Prior to the McKinnie signing, the Warriors waived Deyonta Davis, Kendrick Nunn, Danuel House Jr., and Tyler Ulis. They also signed Jaleel Cousins, brother of DeMarcus, to Exhibit 10 contract.
Recapping the Warriors Friday:— Brady Klopfer (@BradyKlopferNBA) October 12, 2018
- Signed Alfonzo McKinnie to two-year deal.
- Waived Davis, House Jr, Nunn, and Ulis
- Signed Jaleel Cousins to Exhibit 10
- All signs point to Derrickson securing two-way, and the team hoping for McCaw resolution.
And it’s only 2:30!
But let’s learn a bit more about McKinnie, who really seemed to solidify himself as the front-runner to claim McCaw’s potentially-vacated roster spot in the last preseason game against the L.A. Lakers.
In my opinion, Alfonzo McKinnie and Danuel House are the top candidates for a guaranteed roster spot should Patrick McCaw not re-sign. The Warriors need wings, and they've been impressed with those two in training camp.— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) October 9, 2018
Alfonzo McKinnie continued to cement his status tonight as the top in-house candidate to potentially take over Patrick McCaw's roster spot. In 14 minutes, he had 10 points, four rebounds and no turnovers.— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) October 11, 2018
Alfonzo McKinnie (who entered the game before Danuel House) with the nice offensive rebound and finish = a smile on Steve Kerr’s face (which didn’t happen much tonight) pic.twitter.com/LIp9N1cdvh— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) October 11, 2018
And Anthony Slater summed up some of his strengths in a tweet earlier today, including an aspect of his game that we might want to watch for tonight.
Alfonzo McKinnie sealed up this Warriors roster spot the past two games: 21 pts, 10 rebs in 38 mins. He's a long wing, active but patient, defends multiple spots. Seems to time rebounds well. Question, as with many fringe wings, will be whether he can consistently hit the 3.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 12, 2018
As announced by Warriors PR just a few minutes ago, McKinnie will be part of the starting lineup tonight in place of Kevin Durant, who is taking a rest.
So let’s see what we think of our possible McCaw replacement — watch along with us and share your thoughts in the comments below.