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Nearly six months later, Patrick McCaw might receive what he wanted after all.
The Cleveland Cavaliers plan to waive the ex-Warriors guard less than a week after agreeing to a two-year, $6 million deal. The Cavaliers had until Monday before deciding whether to retain McCaw on a prorated, $3 million deal for the rest of the season. Assuming he clears waivers, McCaw will become an unrestricted free agent.
Yes, plenty of questions loom on what deal and role McCaw can command on the open market. After all, it took McCaw more than five months before even receiving an offer sheet the Warriors declined to match. Despite McCaw’s desire for a bigger role than what he could have received in Golden State, the Cleveland Cavaliers planned to waive him to sign free agent guard Cameron Payne to a 10-day contract. McCaw also averaged only 1.3 points while shooting 22.2 percent from the field and 25 percent from 3-point range in 17.7 minutes through three appearances. But with McCaw slated to become an unrestricted free agent, he could command a more lucrative deal than what was possible with both the Warriors’ $1.7 million qualifying offer and two-year, $5.2 million deal.
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About four teams are interested in acquiring McCaw, according to a league source familiar with the situation. Whether that amounts to anything remains undetermined.
McCaw averaged only 4.0 points on 40.9 percent shooting in 16.9 minutes through 57 games in his second season with the Warriors. McCaw also suffered a spinal contusion on March 31 in Sacramento that sidelined him for six regular-season games and 15 playoff appearances. The Warriors selected McCaw at No. 38 overall out of UNLV in the 2016 NBA draft after paying $2.2 million to the Milwaukee Bucks for their pick.