Patrick McCaw

NBA rumors: Ex-Warriors guard Patrick McCaw re-signs with Raptors

NBA rumors: Ex-Warriors guard Patrick McCaw re-signs with Raptors

Patrick McCaw is staying north of the border.

The former Warriors guard re-signed with the Toronto Raptors, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reported through a source on Monday.

Golden State paid Milwaukee $2.4 million for McCaw's draft rights in 2016. As a rookie, he appeared in 71 games (20 starts) and seemed destined to be a major part of the franchise for years to come.

But after a rocky second season, McCaw refused to sign a contract in restricted free agency and essentially forced his way out of Golden State when he agreed to terms with the Cavaliers in late December.

Cleveland waived him soon thereafter and he eventually signed with Toronto.

"I was in such a self-centered, self-absorbed state where I just wanted to transition into something different," McCaw explained to NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock in late May. "Thinking back on it, I can't even try to think like that no more.

"Where I'm at now, I probably would've done it a little differently. Being in the headspace I am now, I would have already signed in the summer. I wouldn't say there's regret. I'm still alive, I'm still breathing.

"I still get that opportunity to play, and who knows if it's back in Golden State, if it's back in Toronto, anything could possibly transpire."

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We now know there won't be a reunion with the Dubs this summer.

In 26 games with the Raptors, the 23-year-old averaged 2.7 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.8 steals in 13.2 minutes per contest.

With Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green signing elsewhere in free agency, perhaps McCaw will have the opportunity to carve out a bigger role.

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Seven NBA free agents Warriors could pursue on minimum-salary contract

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Seven NBA free agents Warriors could pursue on minimum-salary contract

The Warriors wrapped up Day 2 of NBA free agency in fascinating fashion, agreeing to a three-year, $15 million contract with center Kevon Looney on Monday.

While the price was well worth it -- Looney was a key contributor during the Warriors' NBA Finals run this past season -- it left the team with just $12 million to fill out its roster. That's because D'Angelo Russell's reported four-year, $117 million agreement in the sign-and-trade with the Nets triggered a hard cap.

So, the Warriors, whose roster stands at just 11 players either under contract and reportedly in agreement, have just the veteran's minimum to entice free agents.

With that in mind, here are seven free agents the Warriors could pursue.

Tyson Chandler

The 18-year veteran center bolstered the Los Angeles Lakers' defense when he signed with his hometown team in the middle of the season, turning down an opportunity to join the Warriors, who had a battered frontcourt at the time.

While Chandler, 36, opted against Golden State after the Phoenix Suns waived him eight months ago, he'd be a welcomed addition to the Warriors' young frontcourt, and could provide a positive locker-room presence.

Kosta Koufos

Despite playing in just 42 games for the Kings last season, Koufas was a positive force in Sacramento's locker room. On the court, he's a starting-caliber big man who could help the Warriors' defensive shortcomings.

With Damian Jones and 18-year-old Alen Smailagic the only big men currently on the roster, 30-year-old Koufas could simultaneously mentor Golden State's frontcourt core while providing quality minutes at the right price.

Zaza Pachulia

Some Warriors fans might cringe at the notion, but Pachulia would enter the Warriors' locker room with instant credibility. He helped Golden State win back-to-back NBA championships while starting 127 games in his two-year stint.

Pachulia, 35, also has one attribute that most of the free-agent crop doesn't: He'd seamlessly fit into the Warriors' system.

Patrick McCaw

Last month during the NBA Finals, McCaw expressed some remorse over spurning the Warriors early in the season, saying he'd do things differently in his current state of mind.

After not signing a two-year, $5 million contract to stay in the Bay, McCaw bounced around the league, playing a brief stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers before signing with the Toronto Raptors. He averaged just 2.7 points in 13.2 minutes per regular-season game in Toronto, though, and that playing time dropped to just 4.4 minutes per game in the playoffs.

Still, McCaw knows coach Steve Kerr's system, and the 23-year-old can provide defense, along with a chip on his shoulder, at a reasonable price. The only question: Would the Warriors take him back after all that's happened?

Greg Monroe

Monroe is just 29, but he's years removed from his days as a dominant force in Detroit. However, he showed signs of promise this past season, averaging 13.7 points and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 65.2 percent from the field in the 76ers' last three regular-season games. He also played in 10 playoff games for Philadelphia in a limited role.

With the Warriors' backcourt responsible for much of the scoring burden, Monroe could provide a veteran inside presence at a low price.

Wilson Chandler

Alfonzo McKinnie is the only small forward currently on the Warriors' roster, so Chandler could help spell some minutes. The 32-year-old averaged 6 points in 51 games between the 76ers and the Clippers last season, shooting 37.3 percent from 3-point range.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the season that the team will look to develop a younger roster. With Chandler in the fold, Golden State could accomplish that mandate while having a capable veteran help with the process.

Nenê

The 7-foot Brazilian declined his $3.8 million player option with the Rockets on Sunday, giving the free-agent market a 17-year veteran big man.

Nene averaged 3.6 points and 2.9 rebounds per game as a backup center last season, but with the Warriors' young frontcourt, he'd surely provide a positive locker-room presence on a team that could use it.

Ex-Warrior Patrick McCaw looking for 'fresh start' after Raptors' title

Ex-Warrior Patrick McCaw looking for 'fresh start' after Raptors' title

OAKLAND -- Patrick McCaw has played three NBA seasons. He has three NBA titles.

The 23-year old shooting guard has two with the Golden State Warriors, and now one against them.

He easily could’ve been on the losing end of Toronto’s 114-110 victory on Thursday night at Oracle Arena. Instead, McCaw donned goggles to keep champagne from his eyes.

This was a good night, not a Game 6 heartbreaker, a rare high note in a stressful season where McCaw made headlines for odd reasons. 

“This year has been a roller coaster,” McCaw told NBC Sports Bay Area in the champagne-soaked visitor’s locker room. “Now, to be here at this moment, facing my former team, my teammates and friends, it’s great, man. It’s just great.”

We all know by now why these Warriors are McCaw’s former teammates.

The CliffsNotes version: McCaw seemed set to play a third season with Golden State, but business got messy. He refused to sign a qualifying offer sheet that made him a restricted free agent and held out into the season. He eventually signed a funky, above-market, yet non-guaranteed contract with Cleveland that the Warriors were never going to match. The Cavs waived him quickly -- the whole ordeal prompted an NBA investigation -- making him an unrestricted free agent able to go anywhere. He chose Toronto, and joined the Raptors on a one-year minimum contract.

He rode the title wave all the way in, securing a third ring by beating the Warriors.

He played just six minutes and one second in these NBA Finals, yet this championship was still gratifying in its own unique way.

“That’s how I look at it. This is a super big bonus,” McCaw said. “To go against this Golden State Warriors team -- they had injuries slow them down a little bit -- to compete against them and win a championship is such a bonus after how this year went for me. Now it’s about getting back to playing again, and focusing on what I need to do to get better.”

McCaw is excited to put this drama-filled season to rest.

“It’s definitely a weight (lifted),” McCaw said. “This will be a fresh start. I can get back to work on the things I need to work on and get ready for next season. Who knows what lies ahead as far as where I’ll be and who I’ll play with, but, as long as I’m making the right steps for me. It’ll be great.”

He largely remained silent about his season of awkward transition, and is finally ready to turn the page toward a new chapter in his career.

“I’m in such a better place mentally and physically,” McCaw said. “I’m going to get prepared for next season. I’m looking to starting over and starting fresh and rebuilding my name.”

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He knows that NBA titles don’t come each season, but he sure has enjoyed this run of big victories since turning pro.

“It isn’t supposed to be like this every year,” McCaw said with a smile, “but this is all I really know.”