According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Warriors have ‘no plans’ to match the offer sheet restricted free agent Patrick McCaw signed with the Cavaliers. Unless something changes, this means McCaw will become a Cavalier at 11:59 p.m. tonight:
Barring a late change of heart, Golden State will not match Cleveland's two-year, $6M offer sheet for Patrick McCaw, league source tells ESPN. McCaw will join the Cavaliers.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 31, 2018
Golden State has until 11:59 PM ET to officially match the Cavaliers offer sheet, but currently has no plans to do so, league sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/cz9h2OdYa3— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 31, 2018
McCaw, 23, has not played this season due to his contract situation with the Warriors. Last season, he played in 57 games, averaging four points per game. He also missed a large chunk of the season, including part of the playoffs, after scarily falling in a game against the Kings and suffering a bruised lumbar spine.
For the Cavs, McCaw is an interesting player to sign. There is upside there, but he was a disappointment last season even before his injury. Still: Cleveland is not in a position to be picky with talent and McCaw certainly could be a good player in the NBA.
The other potential wrinkle here is that McCaw’s deal is not guaranteed, so he could be waived at any time with no financial penalty. At this time, it is unclear what exactly his future is in Cleveland.