Marc Stein reported that the Warriors have requested the National Basketball Association review the circumstances surrounding McCaw's December 28 signing by Cleveland - and eventual January 6 release.
Any speculation that the Golden State Warriors could have worked with the Cleveland Cavaliers to create a pathway through which Patrick McCaw could move from unrestricted free agent to free agent is out the window.
Back in October, McCaw turned down a two-year, $5.2 million offer from the Warriors, a decision that puzzled many. While that isn't a insane amount of money, it was far too steep of a price for the Warriors, who are already dealing with a ridiculous luxury tax bill. No one is sure exactly why the Cavaliers did this, but there are a few possibilities.
The Warriors declined to match McCaw's offer sheet almost seven months after rejecting their $1.7 million qualifying offer and two-year, $5.2 million deal, which included a non-guaranteed deal his second year.
In such cases, officials from the Cavaliers and the Warriors, as well as McCaw's representatives, are typically interviewed before the league office rules whether Cleveland will face punishment. And if they could do that by messing with their nemesis, well that's just an added bonus.
No matter what all of this is about, McCaw's agent appears to be putting him in sticky situations that, long-term, could cause organizations not to want to deal with him.
In any case, it will be interesting to see what the National Basketball Association decides and if the McCaw saga affects restricted free agency moving forward.
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