Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA Said to Review Patrick McCaw's Deal With Cavaliers

The Warriors declined to match the offer because retaining McCaw beyond Monday’s contract guarantee date would have resulted in a luxury-tax hit of roughly $11 million.

But it sets him up to become an unrestricted free agent if he clears waivers Wednesday at 5 p.m., which Golden State has apparently argued was Cleveland’s intention all along.

will formally review the Cleveland Cavaliers’ recent signing and near-immediate release of the restricted free agent Patrick McCaw for possible salary cap circumvention, according to a person with knowledge of the league’s stance.

The investigation was requested by the Golden State Warriors, who had held McCaw’s rights, according to the person, who was not authorized to discuss the situation publicly.

In such cases, officials from the Cavaliers and the Warriors, as well as McCaw’s representatives, are typically interviewed before the league office rules whether Cleveland will face punishment.

McCaw was a member of Golden State’s past two championship teams but missed the entire 2017 playoffs after a nasty fall in a late March game at Sacramento, which inflicted a serious bone bruise on his back.

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