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.
McKinnie (heel) is out for Wednesday's matchup against the Celtics, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
Plantar Fasciitis will continue to keep McKinnie sidelined, and he'll miss his eighth game in a row. His next opportunity to take the court arrives Saturday against the Nuggets.
McKinnie (heel) is listed as out for Monday's game against Utah, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
McKinnie continues to battle a plantar fascia issue in his left heel, and he'll miss a seventh consecutive game Monday night.
McKinnie (heel) will miss Saturday's tilt with Indiana, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
Saturday's absence will mark a sixth consecutive missed game for McKinnie, who continues to battle plantar fasciitis in his left foot. As he's without a definitive timeline, he can continue to be considered day-to-day going forward.
McKinnie (heel) has been ruled out for Friday's game against New Orleans.
McKinnie is set to miss his fifth straight matchup due to plantar fasciitis in his left heel. His next chance to return will come Saturday against Indiana.
McKinnie (heel) has been ruled out of Wednesday's contest against the 76ers, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
McKinnie's absence on Wednesday will mark the fourth consecutive game he is forced to miss due to plantar fasciitis. His next opportunity to return will come on Friday against the Pelicans.
McKinnie (heel) will not play Monday against Miami.
McKinnie will miss a third straight game as he continues to nurse a plantar fascia issue in his left foot.
McKinnie (heel) will miss a second consecutive contest, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
McKinnie continues to battle plantar fasciitis and will miss his second straight game. Kevin Porter and Cedi Osman could see expanded roles in his absence.
McKinnie is out for Friday's matchup against the Wizards due to plantar fasciitis, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
McKinnie has emerged from the All-Star break with an injury, and it's not immediately clear when he suffered it. In his absence, Kevin Porter and Cedi Osman could see extra usage.
McKinnie signed a four-year, $7 million contract with Cleveland on Friday, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
The 27-year-old's second 10-day contract with the Cavs expired earlier in February, but he'll now rejoin the team after the passing of Thursday's trade deadline. McKinnie averaged 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in 21.3 minutes over 14 games in January and February.
McKinnie managed 15 points (6-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 25 minutes during Monday's 115-100 win over the Pistons.
McKinnie finished with a season high in scoring, reaching double figures for the third time in the last eight games. He's earned at least 20 minutes in eight of his 11 appearances in January. Still, he's only a viable option in deeper formats.
McKinnie is expected to sign a second 10-day contract with the Cavaliers on Thursday, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
McKinnie's original 10-day contract expired over the weekend, but he's set to rejoin the Cavaliers ahead of Thursday's game against Washington. Across eight games with Cleveland this month, McKinnie is averaging 6.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 22.1 minutes per tilt. Once his second 10-day contract expires -- following a game against the Warriors on Feb. 1 -- the Cavaliers will have to decide whether to retain McKinnie for the remainder of the season or let him go.
McKinnie contributed 12 points (6-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt), 10 rebounds, two steals and one block in 27 minutes during Friday's 113-109 loss to Memphis.
McKinnie came out of nowhere to record his first double-double of the season. Prior to this, McKinnie had scored in double digits just twice this season. The playing time has been relatively consistent over the past two weeks but this type of production appears to be the outlier. Cleveland is basically going to run with whoever is hot on the night, but we would need to see more of this before targeting McKinnie in even mildly competitive leagues.
McKinnie will start Tuesday's matchup against the Clippers, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
With Kevin Love (rest) out and Larry Nance (knee) playing limited minutes, McKinnie will end up drawing his first start of the season. In the six contests that he's seen at least 20 minutes, he's averaged 6.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist.
McKinnie signed a 10-day contract with the Cavaliers on Thursday, Sam Amico of SI.com reports.
Cleveland waived McKinnie earlier in the week, but the hope all along was that it would be able to retain him on a new contract. That's exactly what the team has done, but it's unclear if the Cavs' longer-term plan is to keep McKinnie around after his 10-day deal expires. McKinnie played 21 minutes in Sunday's loss to Minnesota.
The Cavaliers waived McKinnie on Monday.
McKinnie had received 20-plus minutes off the bench in each of the past two games with multiple players sitting out to injury, but Cleveland apparently viewed him as an expendable piece with Kevin Love (rest) and Tristan Thompson (illness) both in line to return to action as soon as Tuesday. Over 23 appearances with the Cavaliers in 2019-20, McKinnie averaged 2.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 11.0 minutes.
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