Alfonzo McKinnie

Warriors Notes: Green, Casspi, McKinnie

Draymond Green is eager to win the Defensive Player of the Year award and with good reason — he would be eligible for a super max extension, Nick Friedell of ESPN relays. Citing fellow ESPN contributor Bobby Marks, Friedell notes that Green could receive a five-year, $235MM extension that would start in 2020 if he captured the prize, though Golden State could only sign one more player to a Designated Veteran Contract because Stephen Curry already has that type of deal.

“I need that bad. Real bad,” Green said of the Defensive Player of the Year award. “I made second team All-Defense last year. I’m (ticked) about that still. I’ll be (ticked) until I right that, so that’s a serious goal of mine this year.”

We have more from the Warriors:

  • Forward Omri Casspi didn’t play at all during the Warriors’ postseason run but the franchise will honor him anyway during a ring ceremony on Monday, Mark Medina of the San Jose Mercury News reports. Casspi, now a member of the Grizzlies, was waived just before the playoffs to open up a roster spot for guard Quinn Cook. Casspi appeared in 53 games with the Warriors after signing a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal but was sidelined by an ankle injury before he was waived.
  • Alfonzo McKinnie acknowledges that the impasse between Patrick McCaw and the Warriors helped him land a standard contract, as he told Anthony Slater of The Athletic in a lengthy Q&A session. McKinnie, a 6’8” forward, is averaging 6.1 PPG and 4.3 RPG off the bench and recorded a double-double against the Bulls last week. McKinnie originally came in on a two-way deal but received a two-year contract in training camp, though his salary for this season won’t fully guaranteed until January 10th. “The McCaw stuff, I guess, was good for my situation,” McKinnie said. “But it’s not something I can control. Just went through training camp, worked my butt off and they liked what they’ve seen.”
  • The Warriors remain hopeful of retaining DeMarcus Cousins beyond this season. Get the details here.

Alfonzo McKinnie, Warriors Agree To Two-Year Deal

4:11pm: The pact is not guaranteed, Anthony Slater of The Athletic tweets. It won’t be fully guaranteed until January 10th, Slater adds.

3:37pm: McKinnie’s stint on a two-way contract with the Warriors didn’t last long. According to Charania (via Twitter), the two sides have already negotiated a new two-year, minimum salary contract that will make McKinnie the 14th man on the roster. By temporarily giving him a two-way contract, Golden State avoided having to put the second-year forward through waivers.

It’s not clear how much – if any – of McKinnie’s new deal will be guaranteed, or whether his roster spot will be safe if the Warriors eventually bring back Patrick McCaw. For now though, it appears he’s on track to open the regular season with the club.

8:24am: The Warriors are signing camp invitee Alfonzo McKinnie to a two-way contract, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link). McKinnie’s current contract with Golden State is reportedly an Exhibit 10 deal, which will allow the Dubs to unilaterally convert it into a two-way pact.

[RELATED: 2018/19 NBA Two-Way Contract Tracker]

According to Charania, the move could be a procedural one, opening the door for McKinnie to eventually sign a new standard contract with the Warriors. Converting his Exhibit 10 deal into a two-way contract will allow Golden State to keep the 26-year-old forward on the team without keeping him on its 15-man roster, which would increase the club’s projected tax bill. As a two-way player, McKinnie won’t count against the cap, and he could negotiate a standard NBA contract during the season if the Warriors decide they want to move him to the 15-man squad.

McKinnie, who played his college ball at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, spent the 2017/18 season with the Raptors, appearing sparingly in 14 games for the club. He saw more action for the Raptors 905 in the G League, averaging 14.0 PPG and 7.5 RPG in 35 contests for the squad. After Toronto waived McKinnie in July, he caught on with the Warriors for camp and has apparently impressed the defending champions this fall.

The Warriors have one open two-way contract slot, with Damion Lee filling the other, so no corresponding cut will be required to finalize the move.

Alfonzo McKinnie Gets Camp Deal From Warriors

SEPTEMBER 7: McKinnie has officially signed with the Warriors, per RealGM’s log of NBA transactions.

SEPTEMBER 5: Former Raptors forward Alfonzo McKinnie has reached a training-camp agreement with the Warriors, Anthony Slater of The Athletic tweets.

The 6’8” McKinnie appeared in 14 games with Toronto last season, averaging 1.5 PPG in 3.8 MPG.

The Raptors waived McKinnie on July 17, just before his $1,378,242 salary for the upcoming season became guaranteed. Undrafted out of Wisconsin-Green Bay, McKinnie was signed to a two-year minimum contract last summer.

McKinnie, 25, spent most of the season with the G League’ Raptors 905. He posted averages of 14.0 PPG and 7.5 RPG in 35 starts.

He faces an uphill battle to make the club on a roster with 13 players on guaranteed deals and a trio of others currently with non-guaranteed pacts. Golden State also possesses plenty of other forward options beyond starters Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, including Andre Iguodala, Jonas Jerebko, Danuel House, Kevon Looney and Marcus Derrickson, as well as two-way player Damion Lee.

The Windy City Bulls still hold McKinnie’s G League rights, Adam Johnson of 2Ways10Days tweets.

Raptors Waive Alfonzo McKinnie

JULY 17: The Raptors have officially waived McKinnie, the team announced today (via Twitter).

JULY 16: The Raptors plan to waive forward Alfonzo McKinnie before his contract for next season becomes guaranteed on Wednesday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports tweets. He was due to make $1,378,242 next season.

McKinnie, a 6’8” forward, made 14 brief appearances for the Raptors last season, averaging 3.8 MPG. McKinnie, 25, spent most of last season with the G League’ Raptors 905. He posted averages of 14.0 PPG and 7.5 RPG in 35 starts for the G League club.

McKinnie, who went undrafted out of Wisconsin Green Bay, was signed to a two-year minimum contract last July.

Toronto rescinded its qualifying offer to another forward, Malcolm Miller, on Friday and made him an unrestricted free agent.

NBA G League Assignments/Recalls: 3/10/18

Here are Saturday’s G League moves from around the NBA:

  • The Raptors assigned Nigel Hayes and Alfonzo McKinnie to their Raptors 905 affiliate for today’s game against Canton, according to a tweet  from the G League team.
  • The Knicks sent Isaiah Hicks to their Westchester affiliate for tonight’s game in Milwaukee, the team announced (Twitter link).
  • The Pacers assigned Alex Poythress to their Fort Wayne affiliate, according to a post on the team website.
  • The Thunder recalled Dakari Johnson from Oklahoma City Blue, the team announced in an email.

NBA G League Assignments/Recalls: 3/8/18

Here are Thursday’s G League assignments and recalls from around the NBA:

  • Lakers rookie big man Thomas Bryant has been assigned to the team’s G League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers, according to a tweet from the team’s official account. Bryant, 20, is averaging 19.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in 30 G League games this season.
  • The Bulls have assigned 10-day contract signee Jarell Eddie to their G League affiliate, the Windy City Bulls, per a tweet from the Bulls. Eddie, 26, is averaging 17.1 points and shooting 47.5% from long range in 21 games with Windy City.
  • Both Nigel Hayes and Alfonzo McKinnie have been assigned to the Raptors‘ G League affiliate, Raptors 905, according to the assignment page on the NBA’s official G League website.

NBA G League Assignments/Recalls: 2/21/18

Here are Wednesday’s G League assignments and recalls from around the NBA.

9:32pm:

  • The Warriors have recalled guard Quinn Cook and center Damian Jones from their affiliate in Santa Cruz, tweets Monte Poole of NBC Bay Area.
  • The Cavaliers have assigned center Ante Zizic to their Canton affiliate, the team announced on its website.
  • The Jazz assigned center Tony Bradley to their affiliate in Salt Lake City, according to the team website.

4:05pm:

NBA G League Assignments/Recalls: 1/31/18

Here are Wednesday’s G League assignments and recalls from around the NBA:

  • Rookie center Ante Zizic has been recalled from the G League by the Cavaliers, according to a press release from the club. Zizic posted 20 points, eight rebounds, and five assists in a losing effort for the Canton Charge on Tuesday.
  • Raptors rookie Alfonzo McKinnie will travel with the NBA team to Washington for Thursday’s contest against the Wizards, but he was sent to the G League for a brief assignment earlier today. Toronto assigned McKinnie to the Raptors 905 for the team’s day game, then recalled him a few hours later, after the forward put up six points and 11 boards in a loss (Twitter links).
  • The Knicks have recalled shooting guard Damyean Dotson from the G League, the team announced today (via Twitter). Dotson’s assignment with the Westchester Knicks was a brief one, as he was just sent to New York’s affiliate on Tuesday.

NBA G League Assignments/Recalls: 1/27/18

Here’s the G League activity from Saturday:

10:43pm: 

  • The Warriors recalled center Damian Jones from their Santa Cruz affiliate, the team announced on its website. Jones is averaging 15.5 points and leading the G League by shooting 68.1% from the floor.

2:55pm:

  • The Raptors assigned Alfonzo McKinnie to their G League affiliate, the Raptors 905, in advance of today’s game against the Wisconsin Herd, the G League affiliate announced in a press release. McKinnie has averaged 1.3 points per game in 10 contests with the Raptors so far this season.
  • The Nets have recalled Isaiah Whitehead from the Long Island Nets in anticipation of tonight’s game at Minnesota, reports Brian Lewis of the New York Post. Whitehead is averaging 17.5 points per game in the G League so far this season.
  • Damyean Dotson has been assigned to the Knicks’ G League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks, according to an official tweet from the team. Dotson has averaged 17.9 points per game in 11 games with Westchester this season.
  • The Suns have recalled Davon Reed from their G League affiliate, the Northern Arizona Suns, as reported by an official tweet from the team. Reed has only played in one game for the Suns so far this season.

NBA G League Assignments/Recalls: 12/18/17

Here are Monday’s G League assignments and recalls from across the NBA:

  • The Bucks have assigned 2014’s second overall pick Jabari Parker to the Wisconsin Herd, its G League affiliate, per an official report from the team. Parker, who hasn’t played since tearing his left ACL in February, will likely attempt to practice with the Herd tomorrow in Milwaukee.
  • Per an official report from the team. the Grizzlies have recalled rookie Ivan Rabb from their G League affiliate, the Memphis Hustle, one day after Rabb logged 23 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and five blocks in 38 minutes against the South Bay Lakers.
  • As tweeted by their G League affiliate, the Raptors 905, the Raptors have assigned rookie forward Alfonzo McKinnie to the Raptors 905 for tonight’s game against the Salt Lake City Stars. McKinnie is averaging 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in six G League contests.