Warriors Pushing NBA to Investigate Cavs’ Release of Patrick McCaw

Posted January 11, 2019

The NBA is looking into the circumstances surrounding Patrick McCaw's short-lived stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Warriors didn't match the offer, making McCaw a member of the Cavs.

The Warriors have now asked the National Basketball Association to investigate the Cleveland's signing of McCaw, with some speculation that Cavs merely signed McCaw to spite Golden State, the team that beat Cleveland in the finals three of the last four years.

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However, McCaw played in only three games with the Cavaliers, averaging 1.7 points in 17.7 minutes, before Cleveland released him Sunday.

As Medina noted, Marc Stein of the New York Times reported that the Warriors offered no response to a question about the Cavs' move.

The investigation was requested by the Golden State Warriors, who had held McCaw's rights, according to the person, who was not authorized to discuss the situation publicly.

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The Warriors held McCaw's rights as a restricted free agent, then elected not to match offer sheet he signed December 28 with the Cavs as they considered the potential luxury-tax ramifications involved. "I don't know that there's been a totally non-guaranteed offer sheet before".

So McCaw was with the Cavs, until they waived him on January 6 and made him an unrestricted free agent. McCaw still got paid while he was with the team of course, but it's clear now that they never had any intention of actually keeping him for two years under that deal. He scored 5 total points in the three appearances with the Cavaliers.

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