Golden State Warriors request National Basketball Association investigation on Patrick McCaw, Cavaliers

Golden State Warriors request National Basketball Association investigation on Patrick McCaw, Cavaliers

Golden State Warriors request National Basketball Association investigation on Patrick McCaw, Cavaliers

Free-agent guard Patrick McCaw is joining the Toronto Raptors.

The deal is reportedly a one-year, veteran's minimum contract.

The rocky relationship between McCaw and the Warriors started almost seven months ago when McCaw rejected the Warriors' $1.7 million qualifying offer and two-year $5.2 million deal, Mercury News reported.

The NBA is investigating the circumstances surrounding McCaw's release at the Warriors request, according to an earlier report by the New York Times. A role player on the Warriors' championship teams of the past two seasons, McCaw entered restricted free agency seeking an offer from a new team to prove himself on. The NBA had examined the two-year, $6 million offer sheet closely prior to approving it, league sources said, but found no reason to disallow it. He agreed to an offer sheet with the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 28, which the Warriors elected to not match.

Playing for the Warriors in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, McCaw averaged 4.0 points in 128 regular-season appearances.

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.

The debate here is on whether McCaw and the Cavs may have acted in bad faith to help the 23-year-old get out of Golden State.

Few athletes have had a month stranger than the one Patrick McCaw just had.

At least four teams are reportedly interested in signing McCaw, while the Cavaliers may also want to bring him back.

McCaw played in just three games for the Cavaliers, scoring five points in 53 minutes. No one is exactly sure why the Cavs made a decision to go through with that plan, but they are being investigated by the league for possibly salary cap circumvention. Imagine this story: the NBA's worst team losing their top draft pick all because they chose to help out a third-string guard.

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