Cleveland signed McCaw to an offer sheet on December 28, and Golden State decided not to match it. The league plans to speak to McCaw's representatives on Thursday to probe into if McCaw and the Cavaliers reached an agreement to waive him so he could become an unrestricted free agent, sources said.
The deal is reportedly a one-year, veteran's minimum contract.
There is no word yet on what the terms of the deal will be yet, but it's going to be interesting to see if he gets anything substantially better than the two-year $5.2 million offer the Warriors reportedly put in front of him during training camp.
The New York Times reported that the league granted the request, although league executives are skeptical of any punishment being handed out, according to ESPN. McCaw is set to clear waivers Wednesday and become an unrestricted free agent.
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McCaw accepted the offer sheet, and the Warriors then were given the option to match it.
McCaw averaged 4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 57 games last season, his second in the National Basketball Association.
Cavs fans should be anxious about missing out on Zion Williamson (or R.J. Barrett, if you prefer), but the reason is the new draft lottery odds, not a possible punishment for doing Patrick McCaw a solid.
What was your favorite memory of McCaw illustrious Cleveland career? Golden State could've matched. In essence, the Cavs would be helping McCaw escape restricted free agency. Fines could range anywhere between $3-6 million as well as the loss of future first-round draft picks, including their top pick in the upcoming 2019 NBA Draft. Unless the National Basketball Association is able to locate evidence that the Cavs meant to release McCaw after signing him, they have no proof the team was circumventing the CBA.