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The review process is over, and the Cavaliers are in the clear.
The NBA completed its investigation into the way Cleveland signed ex-Warriors guard Patrick McCaw and found no wrongdoing.
The NBA found no violation of the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement in Cavaliers' signing of Pat McCaw.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 14, 2019
NBA says it has completed its investigation into the Cavaliers’ signing and subsequent waiver of Patrick McCaw. Based on the specific facts and circumstances of this matter, the NBA found that there was no violation of the league’s CBA, including the anti-circumvention rules.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) January 14, 2019
Last week, the Warriors requested that the league formally look into the details of the transaction. The Cavs signed McCaw to a rather inflated non-guaranteed $3 million, the Warriors elected not to match, and Cleveland then waived the 23-year old just before the $3 million became fully guaranteed.
Golden State wasn't the only team that thought something fishy might have taken place:
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 cleared waivers and eventually signed a minimum deal with the Raptors. He is yet to appear in a game for Toronto.
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller