National Basketball Association reviewing McCaw's short stay with Cavs


McCaw officially joined the Cavaliers' roster on Monday, Dec. 31 after Golden State decided not to match Cleveland's offer.

Patrick McCaw may cost the Cleveland Cavaliers their projected top pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no details of the probe have been revealed publicly. The Warriors, McCaw's former employer, complained to the National Basketball Association about it, and the league is investigating, multiple sources confirmed to The Athletic.

This is just the start of the Cavs' alibi for signing McCaw and then waiving him Sunday, a day before they would have had to pay him $3 million for the season.

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As Medina noted, Marc Stein of the New York Times reported that the Warriors offered no response to a question about the Cavs' move. McCaw was expected to step into an expanded role in year three, but chose to hold out instead of agreeing to the Warriors two-year, $5.2 million offer during the offseason. "I don't know that there's been a totally non-guaranteed offer sheet before".

The situation seems like the Cavs did McCaw a favor and helped him reach unrestricted free agency earlier than he should have, which harms a team like Golden State, which should have retained his rights for the season.

In his three games with the Cavaliers, McCaw averaged 1.7 points and one rebound per contest. He scored 5 total points in the three appearances with the Cavaliers.