Cavs waive Alfonzo McKinnie, Tyler Cook as Kevin Love trade rumors heat up
The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived Alfonzo McKinnie, but the Cavs have interest in re-signing McKinnie if he clears waivers, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Cleveland is also waiving Tyler Cook as Kevin Love trade rumors begin to heat up, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 6, 2020
Cavaliers are waiving undrafted rookie F Tyler Cook, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 6, 2020
Creating a pair of roster spots could mean that a Love trade is coming and the Cavs are willing to take a few players back.
Love signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension with the Cavs during the 2018 offseason a few weeks after LeBron James left the Cavs for the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency. Love is making $28.9 million this season. He has three years left on his contract with the Cavs after this season ends.
Love is averaging 16.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game for the Cavs. He’s shooting 44.7 percent from the field, 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 84.9 percent from the free-throw line.
A bevy of contenders would love to acquire Love. He has career averages of 18.2 points and 11.2 rebounds with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cavs.
Along with waiving McKinnie and Cook, Cleveland signed guard Levi Randolph to a two-way contract. Randolph has played in 20 games this season with the Canton Charge, Cleveland’s G League team. He’s averaging 15.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals in 36.0 minutes per game.