The Cavs have added some needed wing depth to the end of their roster.
As reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania and others, Cleveland has claimed ex-Warriors wing Alfonzo McKinnie on waivers. McKinnie is the 14th player on the Cavs roster, not counting the team’s two two-way players.
McKinnie is a nice get by Koby Altman and the Cavs’ front office. He’s a 27-year-old wing who filled in last year when the Warriors dealt with a bunch of injuries. He was good on defense — something the Cavs need — and shot 35.6% on 1.6 three-point attempts per game. He is, without question, a playable, NBA-caliber wing.
It’s unclear if McKinnie will be slotted into the rotation for the Cavs right way. At the very least, he should be Cedi Osman’s primary backup and maybe play 15-20 minutes a night. He also offers John Beilein option for rookies Kevin Porter Jr. and Dylan Windler. All in all, this is a good end of the roster addition.