NBA looking into circumstances of Cavs’ McCaw signing

Heather Diaz
January 9, 2019

The NBA will conduct a formal review of the Cleveland Cavaliers' signing and near-immediate release of Patrick McCaw. McCaw's contract with the team was for two years at $6 million, but it was not guaranteed. McCaw cleared waivers and is now an unrestricted free agent. McCaw's representatives say that is not the case.

A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the league has opened a review at the request of the Golden State Warriors, the team with which McCaw spent the previous two seasons.

If the Cavs are found guilty of basically signing McCaw with the implicit agreement to waive him.

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Cleveland's weird handling of McCaw made us wonder whether they had done him a favor, signing and then waiving him so he could become an unrestricted free agent as he desired.

The Warriors held McCaw's rights as a restricted free agent, then elected not to match the two-year, $6 million offer sheet he signed December 28 with the Cavaliers - with the potential luxury-tax ramifications among the many factors in their thinking. Cleveland then tried to sign him for even less, making a sneaky maneuver to cover up paying him $6 million. 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.

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