NBA rumors: Patrick McCaw signing two-year offer sheet with Cavaliers


NBA rumors: Patrick McCaw signing two-year offer sheet with Cavaliers

The long Patrick McCaw saga appears to be nearing a conclusion.

The Warriors' restricted free agent wing is signing a two-year, $6 million offer sheet with the Cleveland Cavaliers, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Friday.

McCaw effectively has held out from joining the Warriors this season, choosing not to sign a contract with the defending back-to-back NBA champions. He reportedly has been working out in St. Louis, and now has a contract offer in hand from the rebuilding Cavs.

As McCaw is a restricted free agent, the Warriors can match any offer and retain him if they so choose. Sources told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole that the Warriors are unlikely to match the offer due to financial reasons. Once McCaw officially signs the offer sheet, the Warriors will have two days to make their decision, per the NBA's collective bargaining agreement.

Matching the Cavs' offer would cost the Warriors more than just the $6 million. ESPN's Bobby Marks reported that doing so also would cost the team an additional $11.3 million in the NBA's luxury tax.

The Cavs deal is non-guaranteed, per Wojnarowski, so if the Warriors match the offer, they could waive McCaw before Jan. 7 without being responsible for his remaining salary.

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In two years with the Warriors, McCaw, 23, averaged 4.0 points per game, but he still has potential. He played significant minutes in the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cavs as a rookie, including in the fourth quarter of the clinching game, and he also was part of the 2018 team that again defeated Cleveland for the league title.

But if he were to return to the Warriors, the UNLV product would have to mend relationships with the players and coaching staff who have gone through a roller-coaster season while McCaw has sat out.

One player told The Athletic's Marcus Thompson back in October: "You can’t do this after two years. You’ve got to get the clout first. He doesn’t have the leverage." Another player told Thompson: "I don't know what he's doing. I don't understand. But I don’t take it as personal. He has to do what’s best for him. It’s just weird."

McCaw reportedly declined a two-year, $5.2 million offer from Golden State before the season started, and it's been made clear he'd rather continue his career elsewhere.

The ball now is in the Warriors' hands, as they decide whether or not to match the offer. We’ll see what they choose to do.

Warriors players join Juan Toscano-Anderson's Oakland protest Saturday

Warriors players join Juan Toscano-Anderson's Oakland protest Saturday

Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson is on a mission.

The Oakland native is organizing peaceful "Black Lives Matter" protests in an effort to unite the Bay Area community against racial injustices.

On Saturday, Toscano-Anderson's second "Walking in Unity" march took place in Oakland, and several of his Warriors teammates showed up alongside him.

Warriors guard Damion Lee and center Marquese Chriss joined Toscano-Anderson on the march from the Frank H. Ogawa Plaza to the Lake Merritt Amphitheater.

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East Bay hip-hop artist P-Lo even turned out to support the cause.

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Elsewhere in the Bay Area, Steph and Ayesha Curry were in attendance at the "Black Lives Matter" march in Palo Alto, and they brought their daughter, Riley.

Earlier this week, Curry and teammate Klay Thompson took part in Toscano-Anderson's first march in Oakland, and their attendance meant a lot to the young Warrior.

“It meant a lot just because I know someone in my work profession has my back,” Toscano-Anderson said told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock. “I know it’s tough when you in a position like Steph’s, I don’t want to say it’s hard but it's a thin line you have to watch where you walk. It definitely made me feel good to see somebody of his caliber and his notoriety here. It’s a pretty cool feeling.”

Protests have been happening nationwide for almost two weeks in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minnesota.

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NBA rumors: Warriors would draft Anthony Edwards if they pick No. 1

NBA rumors: Warriors would draft Anthony Edwards if they pick No. 1

The Warriors reportedly haven't spoken to top NBA draft prospect Anthony Edwards on Zoom yet, but that doesn't mean they aren't interested in the Georgia product.

On Aug. 25, the Warriors will find out where they will pick when the NBA draft lottery is held. If the odds fall in their favor, Edwards could be a Warrior.

The San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau reported Saturday, citing sources, that if the Warriors landed the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, and decide to keep it, they will take Edwards.

"Sources have indicated to The Chronicle that if the Warriors land the No. 1 pick and decide not to trade down, they’ll likely take Georgia guard Anthony Edwards," Letourneau wrote.

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But what if they don't get the No. 1 pick?

"If Golden State lands anywhere between Nos. 2 and No. 5, it’ll strongly consider Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton, Auburn’s Isaac Okoro and Israel’s Deni Avdija, among others," Letourneau wrote.

In NBC Sports California's NBA Mock Draft 8.0, Insider James Ham has Avdija going No. 5 overall, Okoro going No. 7 overall and Haliburton going No. 8 overall.

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Ham currently has the Warriors picking Dayton's Obi Toppin at No. 3 overall.

With the 2020 NBA Draft not happening until Oct. 15, the Warriors have plenty of time to put together their big board of top prospects and devise scenarios depending on where they fall in the top five.