The NBA will launch a formal review into the Cleveland Cavaliers' signing of restricted free agent Patrick McCaw at the request of the Golden State Warriors, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times. But this summer, he chose to move on from the team and declined their qualifying offer.
The Warriors didn't match the offer, making McCaw a member of the Cavs.
Back in October, McCaw turned down a two-year, $5.2 million offer from the Warriors, a decision that puzzled many.
The Golden State Warriors are unlikely to be one of those teams, as they are well in the luxury tax. But the Cavs waived McCaw on Sunday, one day before his contract would've become guaranteed for the season.
If the Cavs are found guilty of basically signing McCaw with the implicit agreement to waive him. And if they could do that by messing with their nemesis, well that's just an added bonus. After sitting out several months of the season, McCaw finally received an offer sheet from the Cavaliers that the Warriors did not match.
However, in general, it's unlikely that the league will be too thrilled with the Cavaliers signing McCaw to what was essentially a sham contract. Unfortunately for him, the defending champs aren't the best team to try and leverage, so Golden State let his free agency drag out well into the season.
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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