Report: Warriors sign Alfonzo McKinnie to 2-way contract
The Golden State Warriors have signed shooting guard Alfonzo McKinnie to a two-way contract, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. The move could be a temporary one, as McKinnie could negotiate a newer deal, depending on what the organization decides to do with the pending Patrick McCaw situation.
McKinnie was by far the brightest of the players invited to training camp, showing an aggressive style attacking the basket and the willingness to shoot the ball when open.
The Green Bay product didn’t get much run during the first two games of the preseason, but shined with double digits in limited minutes against the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers, combining for an effective 10-of-15 shooting from the floor.
At 6-foot-8 and 215 pounds, McKinnie has proved willing to pound the boards and be active on defense — an attitude that has paid off despite being unable to connect from deep during this four-game preseason.
The 26-year-old will join Damion Lee as the Warriors’ two two-way players, as Golden State plans to trim the roster down to 14, leaving one spot open for optimal flexibility.
McCaw’s situation is still intriguing, as the Warriors still see his upside as an up-and-coming wing defender to take over the mantle as Andre Iguodala’s eventual replacement, but talks with his agent, Bill Duffy, are still “fluid.”
General manager Bob Myers stressed there could be a scenario in which the Warriors re-sign McCaw even if they do not agree to a deal before Saturday. If McCaw’s spot becomes available, it likely won’t take long before McKinnie hears his number called to join the NBA ranks.