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Pat McCaw to sign with the Raptors

After a false start in Cleveland, the Warriors former wing has finally found a home. And he may play the Warriors in June.

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Patrick McCaw has found a home, and this time it may last longer than three days. After a bizarre fiasco involving the Golden State Warriors, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and an NBA investigation, McCaw has signed a one-year veteran’s minimum contract with the Toronto Raptors.

McCaw’s season has been nothing short of bizarre. He entered the offseason as a restricted free agent with the Warriors, but it eventually became clear that had no desire to play for the team. He refused to sign any contract, and didn’t receive any offer sheets.

In late December, McCaw signed a non-guaranteed, two-year, $6 million contract with the Cavs, which the Warriors declined to match. After playing just three games, the third-year wing was waived, ahead of the deadline to guarantee his contract.

Because it appeared that Cleveland signed McCaw simply to help him reach his coveted unrestricted free agency, the league is reviewing the Cavs, and could punish them to the tune of a fine or some draft picks.

After clearing waivers, McCaw signed with the Raptors, who are an interesting fit. On the one hand, Toronto’s rangy, switch-heavy defense, and smooth, ball-movement focused offense are a perfect fit for McCaw. On the other hand, the team already has Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell, C.J. Miles, Delon Wright, and OG Anunoby; they’re not exactly in dire need of wings.

It’s clear now that McCaw either received bad advice from those around him, or prioritized leaving the Warriors more than making money. The money he will make this year is significantly less than the $1.7 million qualifying offer he rejected in the offseason, or the partially-guaranteed, two-year, $5 million contract the Warriors proposed. And while McCaw got to briefly experience unrestricted free agency, he’ll be a restricted free agent again this summer, assuming the Raptors offer him the qualifying offer.

The Warriors have already met the Raptors twice this year (and lost both times), and won’t face them again in the regular season, meaning McCaw likely won’t end up with a ring ceremony. However, there’s a decent chance that he returns to Oracle Arena in June for his third-straight NBA Finals, as the Raptors currently lead the Eastern Conference.

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