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Brooklyn considered top team to sign Alfonzo McKinnie


The Golden State Warriors just dropped Alfonzo McKinnie to open a roster spot for former lottery pick Marquese Chriss.

According to Bobby Marks of ESPN, the Brooklyn Nets could become the front-runner for McKinnie’s services, should he go unclaimed on the waiver wire.

From Marks via HoopsRumors:

Expect the Nets to be “at the front of the line” if Alfonzo McKinnie goes unclaimed on waivers, according to Marks, who points out that the forward would be a good fit for Brooklyn’s open two-way contract slot or to replace Wilson Chandler when the veteran goes on the suspended list.

The Nets currently need to fill in the loss of Wilson Chandler, who will sit out the first 25 games of the season for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Chandler, who signed a one-year deal with Brooklyn this summer, accepted full responsibility of his violation. However, he admitted that he took the substance during his rehab period without realizing it had been banned.

With Chandler out of commission for an extended period, Brooklyn could use a guy like McKinnie to bring in some defense and shooting. McKinnie became a rotation piece in Golden State’s playoff run last season to fill in for the injured Kevin Durant.

Brooklyn’s wing rotation is pretty thin as of the moment. As it currently stands, Taurean Prince and Caris Lavert are slated to start at the two forward positions, with Dzanan Musa and Rodions Kurucs as their reserves. Sharp-shooter Joe Harris could also play small forward in some lineups.

Nevertheless, adding another capable player into that mix could never hurt. McKinnie could certainly become another option for them off the bench.