The Golden State Warriors are reportedly waiving small forward Alfonzo McKinnie. The news was first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Sources: The Golden State Warriors are waiving forward Alfonzo McKinnie, clearing way for Marquese Chriss to make regular-season roster. McKinnie will be one of the top available players on market.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 18, 2019
McKinnie was on a non-guaranteed contract, meaning he was the only move the Warriors could make to clear room to add Marquese Chriss. Chriss’ Exhibit 9 contract was converted into a non-guaranteed deal, which keeps the team’s flexibility in play.
Marquese Chriss’ contract was converted from an exhibit 9 to a non-guaranteed deal, I’m told. So Warriors maintain same flexibility they previously had on 14th (and final usable) spot. Doesn’t guarantee for season until early January.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 18, 2019
Keeping both was not an option, even though the Warriors still have an open roster spot. Due to the sign and trade for D’Angelo Russell, the team is hard-capped, and can not afford a 15th player.
Opting for Chriss over McKinnie actually takes the Warriors a little bit closer to their financial limit.
The Warriors actually lose about $30k in apron room with this move, since Chriss will count at the full two-year vet minimum ($1.62M) vs. McKinnie's $1.59M salary. Every dollar counts for the Warriors, who are now $374,925 from the apron.https://t.co/sxeOdMYLGa— Jeff Siegel (@jgsiegel) October 18, 2019
McKinnie spent one year with the Warriors, and played a big role in the playoffs after Kevin Durant was injured. But he’s severely limited on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, and with the team signing both Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III, he quickly became expendable.
Chriss, signed at the start of training camp, initially seemed like a long shot to make the team. But he has impressed in practice and preseason games, and injuries to centers Kevon Looney and Willie Cauley-Stein have made his presence on the roster vital.