Raptors sign former Golden State Warriors guard Patrick McCaw

Heather Diaz
January 10, 2019

The Warriors feel that the Cavs helped McCaw become an unrestricted free agent by signing him away from them and then releasing him.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that the deal is for the veteran's minimum of $786,000. "But if the National Basketball Association voided McCaw's contract, he could become a restricted free agent again".

Eventually, he agreed to a two-year, $6M deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but only after sitting out until late December.

The Raptors, who waived Lorenzo Brown on Monday, will welcome McCaw as a depth piece.

There might have been a league issue had the Cavaliers tried to re-sign McCaw at a lower number than the $3 million that he would've been owed this season, but the Cavaliers moved on from him.

Golden State reportedly requested the National Basketball Association to investigate Cleveland's signing and immediate release of Patrick McCaw.

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McCaw averaged 4.0 points, 1.4 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game on a stacked Warriors team last season before suffering a scary looking injury in March.

No one really knows why McCaw didn't want to go back to the Warriors, but the common theory is that he wanted to get more playing time.

For the Raptors, this is a wise bit of business.

The circumstances were freakish and raised questions about Cleveland's motivation to sign and release a player off the roster of their frequent NBA Finals rival.

In an interesting sidenote, you could look at this as an Alfonzo McKinnie-for-Patrick McCaw trade, if the former Warrior sticks with the Raptors. If he doesn't, they didn't lose anything and can just let him walk in the summer.

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