Did the Cleveland Cavaliers do Patrick McCaw a big favor? It seems that way.
McCaw was a restricted free agent and refused to sign a deal with the Golden State Warriors, to the point he missed the first several months of the season. Instead, he was hoping to receive an offer sheet from another team that the Warriors wouldn’t match. He finally got that when the Cavaliers stepped up at the end of December and signed him to a two-year, $6 million offer sheet that was non-guaranteed.
The Warriors declined to match, so McCaw became a Cavalier. However, his time with Cleveland was brief — he played in three games before they waived him. Had he been on the roster as of Monday, his contract would have become guaranteed.