With a COVID-19 outbreak sweeping through the Chicago Bulls, the organization is reportedly electing to use its hardship exemption to fill-out its roster and sign G League forward Alfonzo McKinnie, according to The Athletic’s 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 (@ShamsCharania) December 10, 2021
With Derrick Jones Jr., DeMar DeRozan, Coby White, Matt Thomas and Javonte Green all in the League’s health and safety protocols, the Bulls first elected to use their hardship exemption on Wednesday to sign forward Stanley Johnson from the South Bay Lakers.
From the far West side of Chicago, McKinnie is getting his shot with his hometown team after the 6-foot-8 forward averaged 24.1 points per game on 43.3 percent from three with the Mexico City Capitanes this season.
McKinnie brings 24 games of playoff experience between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers to the Bulls roster alongside a springy and athletic player in transition.
McKinnie’s first game with the Bulls will be Saturday night against the Miami Heat.