It would seem, from reading between the lines, that Patrick McCaw doesn’t want to play for the Golden State Warriors. But that feeling isn’t mutual.
According to a report from Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, the Warriors still plan on matching any offer sheet that the 23-year old wing signs, should the opportunity arise. Because McCaw is a restricted free agent, the team has the right to match an offer sheet that McCaw signs, no matter how lucrative. McCaw can only sign offer sheets of at least two-years; if he wants a one-year deal, he would have to sign directly with the Warriors.
Even beyond that leverage, the Warriors appear to hold all the cards. Haynes reports that other teams are interested in McCaw, but are not keen on offering him a contract, since they believe it will just expedite the process of him returning to Golden State.
This is certainly a bizarre situation, and it remains unclear what McCaw’s end game is. Is he highly invested in not playing for the Warriors, and if so, why? Is he merely holding out for more money, and if so, hasn’t he realized it’s not coming?
All in all, it’s very strange, but this report is noteworthy. Alfonzo McKinnie’s contract will be guaranteed in mid-January (unless he is waived before then), which means the team would be locked into 14 contracts. The intention to re-sign McCaw could stick them at 15 contracts, which they were hoping to avoid.
But that’s still a ways down the road. We’ll see if anything else unfolds.
In his two-year career, McCaw has averaged 4.0 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game. Haynes reports that he is in good shape currently.