No matter how you slice it, the Patrick McCaw drama is weird for the Golden State Warriors. And, as Steve Kerr noted at Saturday’s shootaround, it’s not a situation that the team was anticipating being in.
And, apparently, it’s not a situation owner Joe Lacob is too pleased about. According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, Lacob is “a bit ticked off.” Here’s an excerpt from Slater’s exceptional article about the entire situation:
Owner Joe Lacob’s a bit ticked off at the McCaw situation, sources say. He paid $2.4 million a few summers ago to buy the second-round pick from the Bucks that became McCaw. The Warriors got good value in his rookie season. McCaw contributed to a title team. Season 2 was a struggle. He shot 24 percent from 3, his impact waned and then a scary fall last March in Sacramento knocked him out until late May, when it was too late for him to matter in the playoffs, anyway.
That’s why McCaw’s market value wasn’t nearly as high this summer. But he’s still a young wing with modern tools, which make him an asset. And Lacob hates to give away an asset for nothing, especially one he paid $2.4 million to get.
With what we know about Lacob, it shouldn’t be even remotely surprising that he’s upset. This isn’t the way the team envisioned things going when they coughed up some dough for the young wing who looked like he’d be a staple of the rotation for many years to come.
But things don’t always go as they seem.