Alfonzo McKinnie is looking for a new basketball home.
The Warriors are waiving the small forward to make room on the roster for big man Marquese Chriss, sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Sources: The Golden State Warriors are waiving forward Alfonzo McKinnie, clearing way for Marquese Chriss to make regular-season roster. McKinnie will be one of the top available players on market.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 18, 2019
After coming off the bench in the preseason opener, Chriss started each of the last three contests.
With injuries to Kevon Looney and Willie Cauley-Stein, the 22-year-old made the most of his opportunity and played very well in the Dubs' first four preseason games -- averaging 9.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 blocks in just 22.6 minutes.
This transaction doesn't come as much of a surprise, as Warriors forward Draymond Green and coach Steve Kerr constantly praised Chriss to the media over the last couple of weeks.
Steve Kerr on Marquese Chriss: “He’s got more skill as a passer and screener than I realized. And so we are very excited about that.” (at this point, it would be quite surprising if the Warriors cut Chriss...) pic.twitter.com/4rCjfq6HHX— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) October 11, 2019
Don't forget that shortly after Golden State's first preseason game, a couple members of the Warriors reportedly petitioned general manager Bob Myers to do what was necessary to get the No. 8 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft onto the Warriors' opening night roster.
The lobbying -- but mostly Chriss' production -- worked.
For McKinnie, it's a disappointing result for somebody who originally was projected to possibly be the Dubs' starting small forward this season.
But with the Warriors being hard-capped, McKinnie's non-guaranteed contract made him vulnerable.
The 26-year-old accepted a non-guaranteed training camp invite last year, and earned a roster spot with a very solid showing in the preseason.
Over a 10-game stretch from Oct. 22 to Nov. 15, McKinnie averaged 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting over 48 percent from deep. This included a memorable performance in his hometown of Chicago, when he registered 19 points and 10 rebounds.
You never know what will happen, so don't rule out a potential McKinnie return later in the season.