From the weekend, a bit of business we missed: the Toronto Raptors have officially signed small forward Alfonzo McKinnie to a multi-year, partially guaranteed contract. As with last season when the Raptors had a bunch of extra players heading into training camp, McKinnie will play for the team in Summer League and hope to make the roster for 2018-19.
McKinnie is a true feel good story. He was often overlooked by scouts and had to pay 150 dollars to try out for the Windy City Bulls of the G-League. McKinnie made the team and went on to become an All-Star and one of the best players in the D-League last season. It was actually a surprise he didn’t manage a call-up to the NBA. It’s nice to see him working his way into the league.
McKinnie last season with the Windy City Bulls played in all 50 games and started 34, and averaged 30.5 minutes per game. McKinnie chipped in with 14.9 points and 9.2 rebounds along with shooting 50.8 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from three.
McKinnie is still young at just 24, and with the recent trade of DeMarre Carroll, he now plays a position of need with some combination of Norman Powell, C.J. Miles, the injured OG Anunoby and Bruno Caboclo trying to fit in on the wing.
It should be mentioned as well that if McKinnie fails to make the roster and the Raptors want him to be with the 905, they must trade for his rights as they currently belong with the Windy City Bulls.
Right now the Raptors roster currently stands at 17 if you include Malcolm Miller who signed a two-way and Kennedy Meeks who could sign the other two-way deal.
Note: I also interviewed McKinnie back in May. You can find it here.