NBA to investigate Cavaliers signing, release of McCaw

Posted January 11, 2019

Some of those eyebrows apparently belonged to members of the Golden State Warriors and National Basketball Association, which will be looking into the circumstances of the move.

According to the New York Times, the league will launch a formal review into the matter, per Golden State's request.

A person with knowledge of the situation says the National Basketball Association is looking into the circumstances surrounding Cleveland's decision to sign Patrick McCaw to an offer sheet and then waive him after three games.

"The NBA immediately had suspicions that McCaw and the Cavaliers reached an agreement to waive him so he could become an unrestricted free agent", Medina wrote, citing sources.

The New York Times first reported that the National Basketball Association was reviewing the matter. It's unclear how long the NBA's review will take, or what - if anything - the Warriors are seeking.

McCaw reportedly rejected a two-year, $5.2-million offer from the Warriors in the summer after declining his $1.7-million qualifying offer. "I don't know that there's been a totally non-guaranteed offer sheet before".

Cleveland's weird handling of McCaw made us wonder whether they had done him a favor, signing and then waiving him so he could become an unrestricted free agent as he desired.

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.

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