The stalemate between Patrick McCaw and the Golden State Warriors is over. McCaw officially became a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night, and on Monday was practicing with his new squad.
Not surprisingly, McCaw’s first practice with his new team featured some questions about his old team. And to McCaw’s credit, he was open and in good spirits while discussing the team that drafted him and helped him win two rings.
The third-year wing was asked why he didn’t want to return to the Warriors, and answered in a way that praised Golden State, while admitting that it was time for a new chapter.
"I just wanted a new opportunity to move on."— Spencer Davies (@SpinDavies) December 31, 2018
Patrick McCaw has no ill-will towards Golden State, says he loved playing for the Warriors organization. Bet on himself and #Cavs came calling. pic.twitter.com/WZsBo94hyP
“Man, that’s a tough question,” McCaw responded, when asked why he didn’t want to return to the Bay Area. “I loved playing in Golden State. My teammates, the coaches, it was nothing really - nothing stands out to me to say ‘I didn’t want to go back.’ I think it was just a personal thing . . . I think it was just time for me to move on. . . It was nothing against Golden State - the front office, coaches, players, the environment - it had nothing to do with any of that. It was just a personal thing, and I just wanted a new opportunity to move on. And I can’t say any other thing but it was just all me. Nothing against Golden State or anything, I just wanted to move on.”
McCaw also referenced betting on himself, which was seen as a risky, and potentially poor move. He said that he “feels great” and that “a lot of guys in my position . . . probably would never take that chance.”
The young wing will have a few days to get acclimated with his new team before making his debut, as Cleveland’s next game is on Wednesday, against the Miami Heat.