The Cleveland Cavaliers recently offered a two-year, $6 million non-guaranteed contract, which the Golden State Warriors did not match, despite reports that the team would match “any offer” for the young guard.
After just 10 days, the Cavaliers waived McCaw, an unusual decision for a team that went out of its way to sign him. Per the Golden State Warriors’ request, the NBA will investigate the situation, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times:
The NBA will launch a formal review into Cleveland’s signing and near-immediate release of restricted free agent Patrick McCaw at the request of Golden State, @NYTSports has learned
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) January 8, 2019
If McCaw clears waivers and becomes an unrestricted free agent, there are reportedly a number of teams, including the Cavaliers, that will be interested in the third-year guard’s services, according to Shams Charania of the Athletic:
Cleveland, along with several playoff contenders, are expected to express interest in signing McCaw (unrestricted free agent) if he clears waivers. Guarantee deadline for McCaw (two years, $6M) — and other players on non-guaranteed deals around NBA — is Monday. https://t.co/QgZOUiPLVz
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 6, 2019
The Golden State Warriors are unlikely to be one of those teams, as they are well in the luxury tax. Also, the reigning champions would be forced to part with another player on their roster in order to bring back McCaw, likely rookie Alfonzo McKinnie, who has been a pleasant surprise for the team this season.
In his three games with the Cavaliers, McCaw averaged 1.7 points and one rebound per contest.