Cavaliers Claim Alfonzo McKinnie off Waivers from Warriors
The Cavaliers filled one of their final two roster spots by claiming forward Alfonzo McKinnie off waivers from the Golden State Warriors, general manager Koby Altman said Monday.
McKinnie is 6-foot-8 and plays both forward positions. He appeared in 72 games with the Warriors during the regular season and averaged 4.7 points and 3.4 rebounds.
He was then forced into action during the postseason following an injury to then-star forward Kevin Durant. McKinnie appeared in 22 playoff games and served as a hustling, energy player.
"He's been fantastic, just a real pro," Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters when McKinnie was waived. "He's the kind of person you want on your team. And he's an NBA player.
"He helped us win a lot of games last year; helped us get to the Finals. He's everything you want from a player in your locker room in terms of being a great teammate and great worker."
McKinnie, 27, went undrafted out of Green Bay in 2015. Along with the Warriors, he has spent time with the Toronto Raptors and in the G League.
With 14 players under standard contract, the Cavs still have a roster spot available. They are not required by the league to fill it.