It’s a special night. The two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors are set to kick off the 2018-19 NBA season against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and before the game they’ll unveil their championship banner, and receive their championship rings.
Of course, the players from the 2018 title team that are currently on other teams will not be in attendance to receive their hardware. That’s the norm. But someone else won’t be there to pick up his ring: Patrick McCaw.
Warriors restricted free agent Patrick McCaw will not attend tonight’s season-opener to receive his championship ring, a league source tells Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) October 17, 2018
McCaw is embroiled in a contract dispute of sorts with the Warriors, and did not sign the qualifying offer, or the two-year, partially-guaranteed deal that was put on the table for him. His tactics have been, to put it kindly, odd, and he’s made it to the start of the season without rejoining the team that drafted him. As a restricted free agent, he can’t sign elsewhere unless given the type of offer that the Warriors wouldn’t match - and that clearly isn’t coming.
It shouldn’t be incredibly surprising that McCaw is missing the ceremony, given the reports that he’s started to alienate his teammates. Still, it’s a little shocking to know that he didn’t want to be out there with the players he worked so hard to win a title with.
Another unsigned player, Nick Young, will also be absent, though for different reasons. Swaggy P is still looking for a team to sign with, and will collect his ring when his future team visits Oracle.
Warriors invited Nick Young to ring night, and he wanted to go. But he was advised not to since he's still trying to sign with a team. If that works out, he’ll get his ring when that team plays the Warriors at Oracle.— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) October 15, 2018