Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Warriors ask National Basketball Association to investigate Cavs' signing, release of Patrick McCaw

Warriors ask National Basketball Association to investigate Cavs' signing, release of Patrick McCaw

The NBA-leading Toronto Raptors have added to their roster, signing free agent guard Patrick McCaw.

The Cavaliers released McCaw before his salary for the rest of the season could become guaranteed.

McCaw accepted the offer sheet, and the Warriors then were given the option to match it.

There is no word yet on what the terms of the deal will be yet, but it's going to be interesting to see if he gets anything substantially better than the two-year $5.2 million offer the Warriors reportedly put in front of him during training camp.

If the Cavs and McCaw arranged to waive McCaw before the contract was official, it would be a violation of league rules and could result in some dire consequences.

Now, McCaw joins Toronto's bench as the Raptors pursue an Eastern Conference championship.

If he helps them, great.

McCaw will sign a one-year, $786,000 veteran's minimum deal with Toronto, according to The Athletic. He also will, once again, be a restricted free agent in the summer of 2019. It's a stretch, but owner Dan Gilbert certainly is not fond of Golden State. But McCaw lasted less than 10 days with the Cavs.

Patrick McCaw seems to have found a new home - for the second time in fewer than two weeks. There is precedent for this, as back in 2000, the Minnesota Timberwolves lost five first-round picks due to their negotiations with free agent Joe Smith.

As the Cavs were losing yet another game Tuesday night, Cavs fans everywhere started freaking out over the notion that the team might lose a first-round pick. Imagine this story: the NBA's worst team losing their top draft pick all because they made a decision to help out a third-string guard.

The Cavs released McCaw before his deal became fully guaranteed.

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