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Ex-Warrior Pat McCaw leaves NBA bubble due to benign mass on left knee

Ex-Warrior Pat McCaw leaves NBA bubble due to benign mass on left knee

It appears former Warriors guard Pat McCaw might not play again this season.

The No. 38 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft is leaving the NBA's Orlando bubble because of a benign mass on the back of his left knee, the Toronto Raptors announced Friday.

"He will visit Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York to determine a course of action," the team said in a statement. "McCaw saw Williams for the same condition in November.

"A timetable for McCaw’s return has not been established, and an update on his status will be provided when appropriate."

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McCaw missed 18 games at the beginning of the season after undergoing surgery to have the mass removed.

In 37 games (12 starts) this year, he averaged 4.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals over 24.5 minutes. He shot 41.4 percent overall and 32.4 percent from 3-point range.

McCaw -- who signed a two-year contract last summer worth $8 million guaranteed -- left the Warriors in December 2018 in somewhat dramatic fashion.

[RELATED: McCaw admits he’d change his Warriors exit if he could]

After refusing to report to training camp and holding out for months, he eventually signed an offer sheet with the Cleveland Cavaliers. McCaw was waived before his contract became fully guaranteed, and signed with the Raptors shortly thereafter.

The 24-year-old won NBA titles with Golden State in 2017 and 2018, and Toronto last season.

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How six former Warriors from dynasty run are faring in 2019-20 season

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How six former Warriors from dynasty run are faring in 2019-20 season

Editor's note: Grant Liffmann (@grantliffmann) is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders, which airs on NBC Sports Bay Area 60 minutes after every game. Each week, Grant will drop his Outsider Observation on the state of the Dubs.

It has been a nightmare season for the Warriors as they currently sit at the bottom of the Western Conference and just a half game out of the worst record in the NBA. There are many reasons for this collapse, with major injuries being the most significant factor.

The roster was overhauled during the offseason, changing the look of a team that had seen historic success of the past half decade. Some of the players that were part of that success, and are no longer with the organization, are still playing in the league.

Let's check in on them:

JaVale McGee (Los Angeles Lakers): 37 games, 16.5 mpg, 6.9 ppg, 62% fg, 5.8 rebs, 1.7 blks

The former fan favorite has started all 37 games that he has played for the Lakers this season, and has played quite well in his minutes. He currently splits time with Dwight Howard in a center rotation that has been effective for a team that is hoping to make a title run.

McGee has served as a perfect lob threat for LeBron James, and has even made two of his last three 3-point attempts. In a funny story, he even played so well the other night blocking six shots, that he joked that the NBA was suspicious, leading to a drug test following the game.

Quinn Cook (Los Angeles Lakers): 23 games, 12.6 mpg, 4.6 ppg, 42% fg, 33% 3pt, 1.4 asts

It has not been a great season so far for Cook, as he has suffered through inconsistency with his shot, and thusly playing time. After being highly efficient in his two seasons with the Warriors, making 44 percent and 41 percent, respectively, from deep, he has been unable to find his stroke with the Lakers.

[RELATED: Cook joined Lakers as tribute to father]

Other than a few games in which he played heavy minutes and was able to get in a scoring groove, Cook has not been able to adapt completely to his limited minute bench position, but as Warriors fans can attest, he is always able to hit a hot streak at any moment.

Jordan Bell (Minnesota Timberwolves): 22 games, 9.4 mpg, 3.2 ppg, 51% fg, 3.1 rebs

Bell has not gotten much of an opportunity to showcase his athleticism and motor yet with the Timberwolves. He has had brief flashes of success, including a 12-point game last month, but without much playing time, it will be up to him to be a small shot of energy and hustle every time he gets on the floor.

Damian Jones (Atlanta Hawks): 34 games, 16.4 mpg, 6.3 ppg, 69% fg, 3.6 rebs, .8 blks

Jones got off to a hot start with the Hawks, and even started 20 of his 34 games played. However, as of late, his playing time has diminished, falling from over 20 minutes per game in the month of November, to under 10 minutes per game over the last couple weeks.

Foul trouble is still a problem for Jones, but at 24 years old, he is still learning the nuances of defense. Both the Hawks and the Warriors should be happy with the trade that netted the the Dubs Omari Spellman. 

Pat McCaw (Toronto Raptors): 17 games, 27.8 mpg, 6.5 ppg, 44% fg, 35% 3pt, 2.7 rebs, 2.5 asts

McCaw's overall season numbers do not tell the whole story of his season. Pat started the season off the bench, but has since started 11 games and has been a key piece of the Raptors rotation. He has also put up some very impressive games, including one in which he scored 18 points to go with seven rebounds and eight assists, as well as his most recent game, when he scored 13 points, collected five rebounds and dished out a career-high 11 assists.

McCaw is finally realizing his potential, and putting up the numbers that the Warriors expected he would eventually do some day.

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Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings): 38 games, 35 mpg, 15.3 ppg, 45% fg, 35% 3pt, 4.9 rebs, 2.2 asts

Since leaving the Warriors, Barnes has become a featured piece on the Mavericks as well as currently on the Kings. The highly-paid forward has put up consistent, though not spectacular numbers with Sacramento. Many Warriors fans were sad to see Barnes leave the team following the 73-win season, but in doing so, the Warriors netted Kevin Durant, so it is unlikely anyone is looking back and wondering what-if.

Cavaliers claim ex-Warriors forward Alfonzo McKinnie off waivers

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Cavaliers claim ex-Warriors forward Alfonzo McKinnie off waivers

Alfonzo McKinnie found a new basketball home.

The Cavaliers claimed the former Warriors forward off waivers, the team announced Monday afternoon.

McKinnie -- who officially was waived by Golden State on Saturday afternoon -- will remain on a non-guaranteed contract with Cleveland.

The 27-year-old was vying to be the Dubs' starting small forward this season, but injuries in the frontcourt to Willie Cauley-Stein and Kevon Looney made him a roster casualty and Golden State opted to keep Marquese Chriss instead. 

The Warriors play in Cleveland on Feb. 1 and host the Cavs on April 8.

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