After previously waiving Alfonzo McKinnie earlier in the week, the Cleveland Cavaliers have signed him to a 10-day contract.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have decided to bring back Alfonzo McKinnie on a 10-day contract. Cleveland waived McKinnie and Tyler Cook earlier in the week.
Alfonzo McKinnie was subject to waivers but went unclaimed. Bringing back McKinnie was the plan for the Cavs per Chris Fedor.
McKinnie has appeared in 23 games for the Cavaliers this season. In those games, McKinnie averages 2.7 points per game on 35.3% shooting from the field. A 28.6% three-point field goal percentage is also uninspiring. McKinnnie has regressed a bit since appearing in 72 games for Golden State last season. The difference in playing time is not all that great, only 2.9 minutes per game less this season. McKinnie’s field goal percentage has dropped by almost 13.5% and his three-point percentage dropped by 0.7%.
Maybe the Cavaliers are expecting more roster moves in the future leading to this contract. Brandon Knight and John Henson could be of interest to contending teams. Perhaps Kevin Love is on the move? Maybe it is Tristan Thompson finding a new home? If anyone is moved it will free up minutes and someone will need to play them. Cleveland cannot play their starters all game. Well, at least not these starters.
Alfonzo McKinnie could see an increase in playing time if others are traded. It is unlikely that McKinnie would show anything with more playing time and change what anyone thinks about him as a player. At 27 years old, he is what he is at this point.
The Cavaliers bringing back Alfonzo McKinnnie appears to be directly related to the status of Kevin Porter Jr.
With Porter to now miss 4-6 weeks that leaves a lot of minutes up for grabs. Porter is averaging just under 22 minutes per game and those will need to be distributed amongst his Cavalier teammates. McKinnie could be the recipient of a portion of those minutes.