Cavaliers Waive Patrick McCaw

5:24pm: The Cavs have officially waived McCaw, according to a press release from the club.

3:35pm: The Cavaliers are planning to waive guard Patrick McCaw, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic. McCaw signed a non-guaranteed two-year, $6MM offer sheet with the team in restricted free agency, appearing in just three games.

Several playoff contenders are expected to express interest in McCaw, according to Charania, who adds that Cleveland will also be interested once he reaches free agency. The move allows McCaw to enter unrestricted free agency once he clears waivers in 48 hours, although there’s an outside chance he gets claimed on waivers by the end of Sunday, Marc J. Spears of ESPN’s The Undefeated reports (Twitter link).

“I bet on myself and stayed positive,” McCaw said shortly after signing in Cleveland following months of failed negotiations with the Warriors, as relayed by Tom Withers of AP. “A lot of guys in my position being 22 or 23 years old probably would never take that chance because they don’t know what the outcome could possibly be. I know I had injuries and things like that last season and I’ve just been continuing to work and get better and constantly make strides within myself. That’s how I’ve always been. Just focusing on myself, getting better within myself and telling myself I can be great at this game.”

McCaw, 23, appeared in 57 contests with the Warriors last season as a reserve guard. He held per-game averages of four points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists while shooting 41% from the floor. Golden State traded for McCaw during the 2016 NBA Draft, beginning his two-season run with the team.

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31 thoughts on “Cavaliers Waive Patrick McCaw

  1. Reflect

    Someone else here said that was the plan the whole time. Kinda funny if true.

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    • Michael Chaney

      I’d have to agree, but in that case I don’t really get where the Cavs benefit out of it

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      • hiflew

        They got to stick it to their old rivals, Golden State. Sometimes that is enough benefit.

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        • Michael Chaney

          I’d agree, but McCaw isn’t anything special. I doubt the Warriors are really feeling bad about losing a guy from the end of their bench.

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      • Luckylefty2

        It was a non guarantee. He plays great then you keep him if not you waive him and lose nothing.

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        • Michael Chaney

          They only really had him for about a week or so, so there wouldn’t have really been enough time to tell if he was a good fit. If that was their plan, they could have done it a lot sooner and had more time to evaluate him before having to make a decision.

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    • x%sure

      @Ptn suggested this event, as a Cav plan. However it looks to me like a McCaw plan, to get UFA. The 3game ‘audition’ was awful but I suspect it was supposed to be. He’s free now, his goal, for whatever that leads to.

      Or he was just really rusty and now somebody should check up on him.

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  2. yoyo137

    Lol this is a terrible career path, he’s lucky he already has a ring. Yet another case of the Cleveland front office making a fool of themselves for no legitimate reason as well.

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    • Luckylefty2

      How did they make fool of themselves ? They basically signed him to a 10 day contract.

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  3. giantboy99

    What’s the benefit of waiving him if they have an interest in resigning him once he’s a free agent? Could someone clarify.

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    • Not having to pay him the full 3 million for this season if they could possibly bring him back on the minimum

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      • stevep-4

        Exactly.
        He will get a prorated min contract for the rest of the year and be a full free agent after, giving him a few months to create value for himself and any potential suitors, including the Cavs.

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        • Michael Saunders

          So he gave up a guaranteed $5.2 million from the Warriors for 2 years to get the prorated minimum for this year and uncertainty for next season. Have to assume either something else going on or money not an issue for him.

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  4. SilvioDante

    I’m guessing it doesn’t cost Cavs much at all since the contract he signed wasn’t guaranteed. All in all, though, this is just weird.

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  5. This was predictable with the strange NG nature of the contract. Cavs either have a different deal with him (at less $$) or may have done the kid (his agent) a favor to clear the Warrior’s RFA matching right on him. He’s now UFA.

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  6. PeeWeeHerron618

    The Cavs signed him thinking the GSW would match probably then realized after they signed him damn they didn’t match we really don’t wanna sign him so lets just cut him lol

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  7. Luckylefty2

    Cleveland basically signed him to a 10 day contract. The Cavs put themselves in a win, win situation.

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  8. ohioplayers

    He averaged 1.7 points, 1.0 rebounds and 0.7 assists in more than 17 minutes per game. I know 3 games is a tiny sample size but it’s like he failed his tryout. Maybe they discussed the possibility of waiving him ahead of time to prevent any hard feelings

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    • darquee

      Where are all those people who said after he signed with Cleveland that he came out on top of his stand off with the Warriors? At least half a season’s worth of both salary and much needed playing time up lost.

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      • Z-A

        No he would have gotten full contract value for this year not prorated. Asked that question and Luke replied.

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    • darquee

      The Warriors are not going to claim him on waivers and take on that contract that they weren’t willing to match when he first signed it. If nobody claims him and he becomes a free agent they may consider signing him for the rest of the season but I doubt he would go for that.

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  9. DougieJones

    Well hopefully he just gets picked up for the minimum. He’s probably the dumbest player in the NBA. Clearly he didn’t realize how good he had it in GS.

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  10. Warriors

    That’s what happens when you get greedy or a big head. Should of stayed and learned the game more.

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    • Luckylefty2

      Man I hate it when fans call the players “greedy”, but don’t say anything about the owners smh.

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