The Warriors had until 8:59 p.m. local time on Sunday to match the offer sheet that Cleveland had given McCaw: 2 years, and $6 million, non-guaranteed. 8:59 came and went, and the Warriors did nothing. And with that, McCaw joins the team that he beat in the NBA Finals his first two NBA seasons.
It's official, league sources tell ESPN: Patrick McCaw is a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. https://t.co/eVrqi165sk— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 31, 2018
At some level, this must be comforting for both sides, because they can finally put the drama in the past. McCaw clearly didn’t want to play for the Warriors, and now he gets to move on with his NBA career, playing somewhere he wants to be. The Warriors clearly didn’t want the drama of a back-of-the-bench player essentially holding out, and can finally forget about holding a roster spot for someone who isn’t coming.
McCaw ends his Warriors tenure with 4.0 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game, in 128 contests. He averaged 3.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in 21 playoff games, and had a strong role in the 2017 playoffs, playing more than 12 minutes per game.
More importantly, he ends his time with the Dubs in bittersweet fashion: With a pair of championship rings, but clearly a lot of bitterness and disapproval for how things were done.
McCaw will make his return to Oracle Arena on April 5, when the Warriors host the Cavs. He’ll likely receive his 2018 championship ring then, though the response from the fans and the organization may be a little icy.