Toronto Raptors sign Patrick McCaw to a one-year contract

Rex Christensen
January 10, 2019

In December, the Cleveland Cavaliers signed Golden State Warriors restricted free agent Patrick McCaw to a two-year, $6 million offer sheet. Teams often either promote their two-way players to a full National Basketball Association contract (there is no obligation to keep both G League two-way spots full) or target an unrestricted free agent to keep for the short term.

The NBA is investigating the Cavs for possibility circumventing the salary cap after waiving McCaw.

McCaw most recently played for the Cleveland Cavaliers. After passing on the Golden State Warriors' qualifying offer this summer, McCaw found it hard to find another offer.

McCaw cleared waivers on Monday and is now an unrestricted free agent, free to sign with any team in the league. However, he only ended up playing three games with the Cavaliers, who waived him before that deal would become fully guaranteed.

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The 23-year-old guard should provide solid depth for the Raptors, who now have the best record in the National Basketball Association at 31-12. Matching the McCaw offer sheet would've elevated the Warriors luxury tax bill $11.3 million to $61.6 million.

McCaw was the 38th overall pick in the 2016 National Basketball Association draft out of UNLV.

The Cavs make a valid argument that the team had lost Collin Sexton's backup in Matthew Dellavedova by the time they chose to sign Cameron Payne to a 10-day contract, therefore needing to free one roster spot - making McCaw the no-brainer choice at hand. The Raptors get a cheap decent young wing for the rest of this season, at least.

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