Although all indications this past offseason had been that the Golden State Warriors would in fact sign Patrick McCaw, they reportedly wanted him to test the market to determine his market value — we now have some idea of what value he found.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports today that McCaw has signed an offer sheet with the Cleveland Cavaliers for two years and $6 million.
Offer sheet: two years, $6M. https://t.co/YrsvYACmKU— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 28, 2018
Brady Klopfer summarized McCaw’s 2017-18 season concisely way back in June here at Golden State of Mind.
He struggled to score, shooting just 40.9% from the field, and 23.8% from beyond the arc. His per game averages of 4.0 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists were nearly identical to his rookie marks. At one point he even sent himself to the G League.
Still, there are a lot of reasons for the team to be enthusiastic about McCaw going forward...he’s still just 22-years old, having played only two seasons. He’s not far from being a really, really good sixth man; an improved jumper, some defensive discipline, or a little extra confidence and comfort could all take his game to the next level.
However, we want to explain those second year numbers, the fact is that the struggles lessened the risk of the Warriors losing a well-liked member. As stated previously, McCaw’s disappointing 2017-18 season has placed a pretty clear cap on his value on the free agent market — the GSoM community gave his season approximately a D+ in a highly scientific poll run earlier this offseason. That poor season was great for the Warriors’ chances of signing him, but an unfortunate fall from premature legend status for McCaw individually.
Now we wait a little longer to see what happens with the offer sheet. Wojnarowski reports that the Warriors have until January 7 to make their decision to match McCaw’s offer.
Sources: McCaw’s two year, $6M deal is non-guaranteed. Warriors can match and keep him, or waive him by January 7. For McCaw, it gets him to freedom of unrestricted free agency and out of constraints of restricted. https://t.co/YrsvYACmKU— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 28, 2018
For more on McCaw’s 2017-18 season, check out our season review.