Former Warrior Patrick McCaw plans to sign with Raptors

Ross Houston
January 11, 2019

Free agent guard Patrick McCaw plans to sign with the Toronto Raptors, according to reports from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and Shams Charania of The Athletic. Cleveland signed McCaw to an offer sheet on December 28, and Golden State decided not to 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. He reportedly turned down a two-year, $5 million deal from the team along with its $1.71 million qualifying offer.

McCaw averaged 4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 57 games last season, his second with the Warriors after they selected him with the 38th overall pick in the 2016 draft. Then, just before his deal would have become guaranteed, the Cavaliers abruptly cut him.

Of course, how McCaw became an unrestricted free agent is one of the stranger stories in recent memory. He gets to play for one of the Eastern Conference's best teams and could make it back to the Finals for the third time in three seasons.

The NBA is investigating the Cavs for possibility circumventing the salary cap after waiving McCaw.

National Basketball Association officials will speak to Patrick McCaw's representatives Thursday, as the league begins an investigation centered on McCaw and the Cavaliers, according to Mark Medina of the San Jose Mercury News. He cleared waivers Wednesday after the Cleveland Cavaliers waived him Monday ahead of the league's contract guarantee deadline.

Toronto is McCaw's home now, at least until the end of the season. He also will, once again, be a restricted free agent in the summer of 2019. But McCaw lasted less than 10 days with the Cavs.

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