Programming note: Watch the NBA Finals pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday, May 30 at 4:00 p.m., streaming live on the MyTeams app.
Shortly after the Toronto Raptors punched their ticket to the NBA Finals on Saturday night, Patrick McCaw took to Twitter:
SAY WHAT YOU WANT 3 STRAIGHT NBA FINALS APPEARANCES?! I CAN'T MAKE THIS UP ... MY FAITH GOT ME HERE, NOTHING BUT GOD!!! 🙏🏽 ZERO WORRIES ZERO DOUBTS 💯— Patrick McCaw (@PMcCaw0) May 26, 2019
Some Warriors fans out there might be saying themselves: "Wait. Patrick McCaw is on the Raptors?!"
Former Golden State guard Nick Young didn't forget this fact because he actually posted a tweet about 35 minutes before McCaw:
Welcome back pat 👀— Nick Young (@NickSwagyPYoung) May 26, 2019
This was very amusing to former Dubs big man David West:
U crazy LOL— David West (@D_West30) May 26, 2019
In case you forgot -- the Warriors paid the Milwaukee Bucks $2.4 million for the rights to McCaw in the 2016 NBA Draft.
After two seasons with Golden State, he decided he didn't want to play for the franchise anymore. And as a restricted free agent, he was able to force his way out when the Dubs didn't match the offer sheet he signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers back in early January:
I suppose it’s possible that Patrick McCaw asked the Cavs to inflate the original non-guarantee to $3 million just so the Warriors wouldn’t match, and he knew Cleveland would waive him before the $3 million became guaranteed. He just wanted to be an unrestricted free agent... https://t.co/nfE32ljYZB— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) January 6, 2019
McCaw ended up signing with the Raptors and appeared in 26 games. The 23-year old hasn't been able to carve out much of a role and is currently not in Toronto's rotation.
In the Eastern Conference playoffs, Pat McCaw scored a total of 2 points in 36 minutes. It would be wild if he all of a sudden is thrust into a bigger role against his former team https://t.co/3fg1xaC48e— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 26, 2019
It will be interesting to see what kind of reception McCaw gets when the NBA Finals shift to Oracle Arena for Games 3 and 4.