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Report: Cavaliers exercising team option on Jordan McRae

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CLEVELAND, OHIO - APRIL 13: Jordan McRae #12, Richard Jefferson #24, and James Jones #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers leave the court at the conclustion of the game against the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena on April 13, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Pistons defeated Cleveland 112-110 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

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Jordan McRae signed with the Cavaliers at midseason and went along for the ride en route to their championship.

He’s on track to help them defend it.

Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:

The Cleveland Cavaliers will exercise their 2016-17 team option on guard Jordan McRae, league sources informed cleveland.com.

McRae’s salary ($874,636) is still only partially guaranteed, according to Haynes.

On one hand, Cleveland locks up a player on a minimum salary. That’s nice for a team facing a monstrous luxury-tax bill.

On the other hand, the Cavs are now committed to paying a fringe player some money. If they waive him later, his guaranteed salary will increase their tax.

It’s only Dan Gilbert’s money. The Cavaliers are better off with McRae off the market. They can always let him go later. If the owner is willing to accept that cost, there’s no downside.