NBA rumors: Bulls sign Tristan Thompson, waive Alfonzo McKinnie

The Chicago Bulls announced that the team has released forward Alfonzo McKinnie. Chicago also announced that it has signed veteran big man Tristan Thompson. In accordance with team policy, terms of Thompson’s contract were not disclosed. In his eleventh season in the NBA, Thompson (6-9, 254 pounds) owns career averages of 9.1 ppg (.518 from the field), 8.5 rpg (3.3 orpg) and 1.0 apg in 27.1 mpg. For his career, he has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers. This season, he has appeared in 34 games (three starts) with the Kings and Pacers, and has tallied 6.3 ppg and 5.3 rpg (2.3 orpg) in 15.3 mpg. Thompson’s teams have also made five trips to the NBA Playoffs, including four consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals from 2015-18. In postseason play, he has played in 83 playoff games (70 starts) and posted 7.8 ppg (.566 from the field) and 8.6 rpg (3.8 orpg) in 29.6 mpg.

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Shams Charania: The Chicago Bulls are waiving forward Alfonzo McKinnie, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. The move creates roster space for signing of Tristan Thompson. McKinnie played 17 games for Bulls this season – and now will be playoff-eligible to join a new team.
Shams Charania: The Chicago Bulls are signing forward Alfonzo McKinnie to a standard NBA contract for the remainder of the season, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. McKinnie becomes the first hardship signing to sign a full NBA deal during league’s COVID-19 surge.
Shams Charania: The Bulls are signing Alfonzo McKinnie to a second 10-day hardship contract, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. McKinnie played 17 minutes in win over Lakers on Sunday night.
The Chicago Bulls announced that the team has signed forward Alfonzo McKinnie to a 10-day contract. McKinnie (6-8, 215) is being called up from the Mexico City Capitanes of the NBA G League, where he has averaged 24.1 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists over 10 games (10 starts) this season. He has four seasons of NBA experience with Toronto, Golden State, Cleveland and the L.A. Lakers with career averages of 4.0 points and 2.6 rebounds in 165 games (6 starts). In addition to the Capitanes, McKinnie also has G League experience with the Raptors 905 (2017-18) and Chicago's G League affiliate, the Windy City Bulls (2016-17). He averaged 14.9 points and 9.2 rebounds in 50 games (34 starts) for Windy City.
Shams Charania: The Chicago Bulls are signing veteran G/F Alfonzo McKinnie via hardship exemption, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. McKinnie has played for NBA G League’s Mexico City Capitanes this season, averaging 24.1 PPG and 43.3 percent from 3-point range.
Shams Charania: The Lakers are waiving forward Alfonzo McKinnie, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. McKinnie is set to enter free agency as an experienced wing after his fourth NBA season.
Kelsey Russo: Forward Alfonzo Mckinnie has agreed to a four-year, $7M deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources tell @The Athletic.
According to sources, the Cavs are likely to sign McKinnie to another 10-day deal when this current one expires, but no official decision has been made on that yet. The injury to rookie swingman Dylan Windler, who has been shut down for the remainder of the season, along with Kevin Porter Jr. nursing a sprained knee, should help McKinnie’s cause. Unless the Cavs pull off some unforeseen trade soon, they aren’t in any position to lose another wing.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed forward Alfonzo McKinnie to a 10-day contract, Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. McKinnie (6-8, 215) played in 23 games for Cleveland this season, averaging 2.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 11.0 minutes per contest before being waived by the team on January 6. Over his three-year NBA career, the Wisconsin-Green Bay product owns career averages of 3.9 points and 2.8 rebounds in 12.0 minutes per game over 109 career contests (five starts) with the Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs claimed Alfonzo McKinnie off waivers, a league source tells @clevelanddotcom. Roster is now at 14 heading into the opener.
Alfonzo McKinnie served as Kevin Durant’s backup in Golden State. Could he do the same thing in Brooklyn? With the Warriors planning to waive McKinnie on Saturday, former Nets assistant general manager Bobby Marks — now with ESPN — said his former team would be “at the front of the line” to add the 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward should he clear waivers.
Bobby Marks: Alfonzo McKinnie has hit the waiver wire and is now eligible to be claimed up until 5PM on Monday. McKinnie has a $1.58M non-guaranteed contract with no trigger dates.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs have, indeed, discussed the possibility of claiming Alfonzo McKinnie, sources tell @clevelanddotcom. But there are many things for them to consider, including how much they need a big for that 14th roster spot with injuries to John Henson and Ante Zizic.
Anthony Slater: Source: Alfonzo McKinnie's deal with the Warriors is non-guaranteed. Won't become fully guaranteed for the season until Jan. 10th. He enters season as 14th man, but Warriors maintain extra flexibility (for McCaw or otherwise).
Anthony Slater: Alfonzo McKinnie sealed up this Warriors roster spot the past two games: 21 pts, 10 rebs in 38 mins. He's a long wing, active but patient, defends multiple spots. Seems to time rebounds well. Question, as with many fringe wings, will be whether he can consistently hit the 3.
Shams Charania: Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadum: The Warriors and forward Alfonzo McKinnie have agreed to a two-year minimum deal, clearing way for him to be 14th spot on regular-season roster.
Eric Koreen: Raps officially waive Alfonzo McKinnie, as was reported yesterday. Raps have about $134.8-million committed to 12 players.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Toronto Raptors plan to waive forward Alfonzo McKinnie ahead of $1.4M guarantee date on Wednesday. McKinnie signed a multiyear deal with Toronto last offseason.
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