The saga continues . . .
First Patrick McCaw was a Warrior. Then he was a Cavalier. Then he got waived.
Now, the New York Times' Marc Stein is reporting there's going to be a formal review of exactly what went down:
The NBA will launch a formal review into Cleveland’s signing and near-immediate release of restricted free agent Patrick McCaw at the request of Golden State, @NYTSports has learned— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) January 8, 2019
The Cavaliers signed McCaw to an two-year, non-guaranteed $6 million contract that the Warriors declined to match. Cleveland then waived McCaw after just three games -- one day before his contract would have become guaranteed -- making him an unrestricted free agent (once he cleared waivers).
It appears the Warriors believe the Cavaliers, in conjunction with McCaw, acted in bad faith in order to free him from Golden State control. It is unclear if any league rules were violated (hence the formal review), but as NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole points out, it's possible the Warriors could receive some sort of compensation if the verdict comes out in their favor:
With the NBA agreeing to review the curious deal between the Cavs and restricted free agent Pat McCaw, it's conceivable the Warriors could get some form of compensation. A future draft pick is not out of the question.— Monte Poole (@MontePooleNBCS) January 8, 2019
The Warriors and Cavaliers have met in each of the last four NBA Finals. They've gone in opposite directions ever since LeBron James left Cleveland this past offseason, but it appears the rivalry is still alive and well.