Few athletes have had a month stranger than the one Patrick McCaw just had.
McCaw played three games with the Cavs, who waived him Sunday and did so before his contract would have been guaranteed for the remainder of this season. He signed a non guaranteed offer sheet with the Cavs and Golden State didn't match it. It was the end of a weird saga that involved a half-season holdout, an offer sheet, a surprising release, and an ongoing investigation by the National Basketball Association into how it all went down.
The Toronto Raptors are signing free-agent guard Patrick McCaw for the rest of the season, league sources told ESPN. He reportedly turned down a two-year, $5 million deal from the team along with its $1.71 million qualifying offer.
But the former second-round pick was a restricted free agent. McCaw was free to sign with any team after clearing waivers.
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McCaw averaged 4.0 points in 128 regular-season appearances with the Warriors in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.
If the Cavs and McCaw arranged to waive McCaw before the contract was official, it would be a violation of league rules and could result in some dire consequences.Namely, the Cavs could be fined and be lose their first-round pick.
The NBA is investigating the circumstances surrounding McCaw's release at the Warriors request, according to an earlier report by the New York Times. Under the terms of the deal, McCaw will make the minimum salary (less than he would have made had he stayed with Golden State). Three games later, Cleveland waived McCaw. But McCaw lasted less than 10 days with the Cavs.