Patrick McCaw Merry Go Round to End in TorontoBy Connor Lynch
Patrick McCaw has become possibly the most talked about rotational guard in the NBA this season.
When Patrick McCaw signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers in late December, he likely had no idea what would happen next.
Since then, the 23 year old former Golden State Warriors player was waived by the Cavs after just three games. Then, the NBA launched an investigation into the deal at the request of the Golden State Warriors
Now, reports suggest that Patrick McCaw will sign with the Toronto Raptors as a free agent. According to NBA.com, the deal is a one-year, veteran’s minimum contract.
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At the start of the season, McCaw was an unrestricted free agent with the Golden State Warriors. The Cavaliers offer sheet was unmatched by the Warriors, and so he moved to Cleveland.
At the time, he said his decision to move was nothing against the Golden State Warriors.
“I loved playing in Golden State,” McCaw said.
“My teammates, the coaches, it was nothing really … nothing stands out to me to say I didn’t want to go back. Think it was just a personal thing where I was just like, I think it was time for me to move on for a new opportunity within myself. Nothing against Golden State, front office, coaches, players, the environment, it had nothing to do with any of that. It’s just a personal thing, and I wanted a new opportunity to move on.”
“I can’t say anything other than it was all me. Nothing against Golden State. I just wanted to move on.”
However, they released him before his two year, $6 million deal could become guaranteed. The Warriors’ objection was that Cleveland intentionally did this so they could sign him on a cheaper deal.
The prospect of an $11 million luxury tax bill kept Golden State from splashing the cash on keeping McCaw. It remains unclear whether the NBA will still investigate now that he appears to be moving to the Toronto Raptors.
The situation now appears to be resolved, and McCaw will land on his feet at Toronto. The Raptors are currently the NBA’s best team with a 31 – 12 record.