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Patrick McCaw waived by Cavs; ex-Warrior could become NBA free agent

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Patrick McCaw waived by Cavs; ex-Warrior could become NBA free agent

Well, that was quick.

Former Warrior Patrick McCaw played three games in a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform, averaging just 1.7 points in 17.7 minutes, since signing with the team last week.

He won't be playing any more. At least for the time being, anyway.

The Cavs waived McCaw on Sunday, shortly after The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that the team planned to do so. McCaw's stay lasted less than one week after he joined Cleveland on a two-year, non-guaranteed $6 million offer sheet that Golden State declined to match.

Assuming he passes through waivers, McCaw will become an unrestricted free agent, free to sign a new contract with any NBA team (including the Cavaliers or the Warriors), although any deal he would be guaranteed as of Monday. 

The NBA deadline to guarantee contracts for players on non-guaranteed deals -- like McCaw, or Golden State's Alfonzo McKinnie -- is Monday. For this reason, the timing of the transaction doesn't come as a complete surprise.

The Warriors are well into the luxury tax, and if they declined to match the Cavs' offer sheet, we can assume they won't pursue McCaw once he hits the open market. Not to mention, it almost certainly would require parting with McKinnie, whom they've clearly prioritized over McCaw.

[RELATED: McKinnie details how he blocked out McCaw distraction]

The Cavs could remain an option, though, as could a variety of playoff contenders:

So, it begs the question: Was this a pre-planned agreement between McCaw and the Cavs to get him out from Warriors control?

Based on the timing -- and the bloated offer sheet -- it sure seems that way.

Cleveland currently is 8-32, losers of nine straight, sitting in last place in the NBA. Wins have been hard to come by, but in assisting McCaw's departure from Golden State -- the team largely responsible for their implosion -- perhaps the Cavs are enjoying a small victory today.

Warriors' Jacob Evans gets first-quarter minutes in Game 4 vs. Blazers

Warriors' Jacob Evans gets first-quarter minutes in Game 4 vs. Blazers

With Andre Iguodala ruled out, the Warriors are short-handed for Game 4 against the Trail Blazers on Monday night, which will inevitably force coach Steve Kerr to utilize some of his players in ways he wouldn't typically otherwise.

One of those decisions was made midway through the first quarter, when Kerr elected to replace Alfonzo McKinnie on the court with rookie Jacob Evans.

Evans checked in for McKinnie -- who made his first career playoff start -- with 3:23 remaining in the first frame and the Warriors trailing 30-28. He played the duration of the quarter, which came to a close with Golden State leading 36-35.

[RELATED: Kerr not impressed with "Game of Thrones" series finale]

It was Evans' first opportunity to play in Western Conference finals and his first minutes since the first round.

'Game of Thrones' series finale did not impress Warriors coach Steve Kerr

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'Game of Thrones' series finale did not impress Warriors coach Steve Kerr

More than 19 million people watched the "Game of Thrones" season finale Sunday night. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was one of them.

Safe to say, he wasn't impressed:

Well, that's likely not the lengthiest episode review you've encountered thus far, but to be fair, Kerr's evaluation was given less than two hours before Golden State attempted to complete the series sweep of Portland in the Western Conference finals. Perhaps he'll expound further at a later occasion.

While they're not dragons, Kerr is a little preoccupied with a couple of human flamethrowers at the moment.

The better question is: What did he think of "Barry"?