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The Toronto Raptors have parted ways with forward Alfonzo McKinnie, the team announced Tuesday morning.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reported the team wanted to make the move before McKinnie’s $1.4 million salary became guaranteed at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
Toronto is most likely facing a luxury-tax penalty at the end of the 2018-19 season with the re-signing of point guard Fred VanVleet to a two-year, $18-million contract and Norman Powell’s four-year, $42-million extension kicking in, making moves such as will be done with McKinnie necessary to lighten the load as much as possible.
The 6-foot-8, 217-pound McKinnie, out of Wisconsin-Green Bay, averaged 1.5 points in 3.8 minutes in 14 games last season for the Raptors, shooting 53.3 percent from the field.
The 25-year-old played for the Raptors’ Las Vegas Summer League squad, which was knocked out by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night, 82-68. McKinnie scored 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting, including 1-of-7 from deep, and added six boards and two steals in 33 minutes of action.
McKinnie became a professional basketball player back in 2015, playing overseas in Luxembourg and Mexico. In 2016, he actually paid $175 to try out for the G League Windy City Bulls, for whom he actually earned a spot and began his quest to reach the NBA.