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Cavaliers Claim Former Warriors Forward Alfonzo McKinnie

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - APRIL 09: Alfonzo McKinnie #28 of the Golden State Warriors drives with the ball during the first half against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on April 09, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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The Golden State Warriors were up against a ticking clock in regards to Alfonzo McKinnie. Given their utter lack of flexibility up against the NBA's hard cap, they either needed to find a way to trade McKinnie, or be resigned to release him.

Ultimately, the latter turned out to be the case. And their loss is the Cleveland Cavaliers' gain, per Shams Charania.

McKinnie, age 27, broke onto the scene with the Warriors in 2018-19 after making 14 appearances for the Raptors the season before. He appeared in 72 regular season games for the Western Conference champs, averaging 4.7 points in 13.9 minutes, as well as 22 playoff games.

The Dubs waived the 6-8 Chicago native on Friday in order to guarantee a roster spot for Marquese Chriss. McKinnie now heads to a rebuilding Cavaliers team that will have no trouble finding use for a small forward that shoots almost 50% from the floor, given the lack of options at the position outside of Cedi Osman.