McKinnie was not at Lakers practice Thursday due to an excused absence, Harrison Faigen of Silver Screen and Roll report. It's not exactly clear why McKinnie isn't available, but it seems likely he'll be back relatively soon. That said, he's not expected to play a significant role on the team this season, so his absence won't affect coach Frank Vogel's rotation.
McKinnie has been traded to the Lakers in exchange for JaVale McGee, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. McKinnie, as well as Jordan Bell, are heading to the Lakers as part of the reported McGee deal. McKinnie has seen limited action in the league over the past two seasons, averaging just 4.6 points and 2.8 rebounds with the Cavs in 2019-20. However, the forward, who's on a team-friendly contract, could provide experience off the bench if the Lakers choose to keep him.
McKinnie (heel) played 20 minutes off the bench in Saturday's 104-102 loss to the Nuggets, finishing with eight points (4-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt), three rebounds and one steal. McKinnie played for the first time in the second half after he had been sidelined since the Cavaliers' final game before the All-Star break while contending with plantar fasciitis. It's worth noting that the Cavaliers were without six players due to injury for the contest, so McKinnie could fade into a smaller role once the likes of Andre Drummond (calf), Darius Garland (groin) and Kevin Porter (concussion) are all back in action.
McKinnie (heel) is expected to play Saturday against the Nuggets, Spencer Davies of BasketballInsiders.com reports. McKinnie had been absent for the last eight games due to plantar fasciitis. He's averaged a modest 14.4 minutes this season, and it's unclear how much he'll be asked to do in his first game back.
McKinnie (heel) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Nuggets. Plantar Fasciitis has prevented McKinnie from playing post-All-Star-break, but there's a chance he could return Saturday. More information may arrive following the Cavaliers' morning shootaround.
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