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Bulls Sign Alfonzo McKinnie With Hardship Exception

McKinnie becomes the second player the Bulls have added via the hardship exception.

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The Bulls continue to deal with a COVID outbreak that has affected Derrick Jones Jr., Matt Thomas, Javonte Green, Coby White, and DeMar DeRozan. The Bulls have called up Marko Simonovic, Devon Dotson, and Tyler Cook from the G-League. The team also signed Stanley Johnson to a 10-day deal. But that still is not enough to cover the missing spots. The Bulls have now signed Alfonzo McKinnie thanks to the hardship exception.

The hardship exception is a temporary roster spot that must be granted by the league. It allows a team to exceed the 15-man maximum roster when it has at least four players who are sick or injured for longer than two weeks. Each of the four sick or injured players must miss at least three consecutive games during their two-week absence. An independent physician, not the team’s doctor, must decide whether each player is required to miss two weeks. Regarding COVID, this policy has been supper helpful to teams dealing with outbreaks.

McKinnie, who hails from Chicago, has played for the G League’s Mexico City Capitanes. He has been averaging 24.1 points per game and 43.3% shooting from three. He has also appeared in 165 NBA games with the Raptors, Warriors, Cavaliers, and Lakers in each of the previous four seasons.

If McKinnie can perform well enough, he could earn a bench role once Tyler Cook, Devon Dotson, and Marko Simonovic return to the Windy City Bulls.

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