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Report: Raptors signing Patrick McCaw

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SHENZHEN, CHINA - OCTOBER 05: Patrick McCaw #0 of the Golden State Warriors in action during the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Golden State Warriors as part of 2017 NBA Global Games China at Universidade Center on October 5, 2017 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)

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The NBA is reportedly investigating the Cavaliers signing Patrick McCaw to an offer sheet the Warriors didn’t match then waiving him a short time later.

Meanwhile, McCaw is getting on with his career.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

This is the domino the Warriors probably dreaded. McCaw couldn’t have signed for these terms while a restricted free agent, as an offer sheet must be for at least two seasons. If McCaw signed any minimum-salary offer sheet, Golden State likely would have matched.

But by signing with the Cavaliers then clearing waivers, McCaw became an unrestricted free agent.

McCaw now gets a chance to prove himself then re-enter free agency next summer – though it’s worth noting Toronto can make him restricted. The Raptors get a cheap decent young wing for the rest of this season, at least.

And the Warriors had no say in this latest transaction.

This gives the league’s investigation a potential new direction. Were there plans to get McCaw to Toronto even before he signed with Cleveland? It’s unlikely solid evidence exists, but it’s worth exploring.