Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

National Basketball Association investigates deal involving former Rebel McCaw

National Basketball Association investigates deal involving former Rebel McCaw

Patrick McCaw may cost the Cleveland Cavaliers their projected top pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

The NBA will investigate the signing and quick release of guard Patrick McCaw, per the Golden State Warriors' request. The league immediately had suspicions that McCaw and the Cavaliers reached an agreement to waive him so he could become an unrestricted free agent, Stein said.

McCaw spent his first two seasons with the Warriors, but held out after their most recent championship run.

After just 10 days, the Cavaliers waived McCaw, an unusual decision for a team that went out of its way to sign him. No one is sure exactly why the Cavaliers did this, but there are a few possibilities.

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McCaw turned down an offer to stay with the Warriors at the end of the 2017 season, instead preferring to hit the market.

As a restricted free agent, he chose to try and leverage the Warriors by declining their 2-year, $5 million offer in search of a more opportunities and more money elsewhere.

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.

Though he struggled offensively and suffered a horrific back injury last season, McCaw's length and defensive prowess are what earned him minutes on the Warriors in his first two seasons. It will be interesting to see what the National Basketball Association decides to do with this.

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