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Warriors don’t plan on matching Pat McCaw’s offer sheet

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Will the Warriors match? Probably not.

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SHENZHEN, CHINA - OCTOBER 05: Patrick McCaw #0 of the Golden State Warriors in action during the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Golden State Warriors as part of 2017 NBA Global Games China at Universidade Center on October 5, 2017 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)
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The Patrick McCaw saga is only hours away from its conclusion. The Cleveland Cavaliers have offered the third-year wing a non-guaranteed two-year, $6 million offer sheet, which McCaw signed. The Golden State Warriors were given 48 hours to match the contract, or let McCaw join their former rivals.

Those 48 hours expire at 8:59 p.m. PT. The clock is ticking.

The assumption since McCaw signed the contract has been that the Warriors won’t match. And with just a few hours remaining until their opportunity is gone, they appear to be strongly leaning in that direction.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the team will let McCaw walk, “barring a late change of heart.” It’s unclear exactly how that change of heart would come. Perhaps a conversation with McCaw makes the team think he’s more receptive to joining them than he thought? Perhaps (and probably more likely) Joe Lacob, who is reportedly upset about the situation, decides to play hardball.

According to Mark Medina of the Mercury News, the Warriors decision making is based on everything we would have assumed: A desire to save money (McCaw’s contract would cost more than $11 million in taxes), the plan to keep the 15th roster spot open, a desire to keep Alfonzo McKinnie, and concerns about the locker room.

So that’s where we stand. Barring something wild, Patrick McCaw’s Warriors tenure will be over by the end of the night, and he can resume his career in wine and gold.