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Cleveland Cavaliers’ gamble on Patrick McCaw pays off; Warriors don’t match offer sheet

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Golden State Warriors declined to match the Cleveland Cavaliers’ offer sheet for restricted free agent Patrick McCaw. 

Golden State needed to respond by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday night and chose to let the clock run out, giving the disgruntled third-year swingman what he seemingly wanted: a chance for a bigger role with another team. 

A second-round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, McCaw will take Cleveland’s final roster spot, which has been open since the start of the season. 

McCaw signed a two-year, $6 million offer sheet on Friday afternoon. According to sources, the deal is non-guaranteed and the Cavs won’t have to make any decision on McCaw’s immediate future with the team until Jan. 7. If he stays beyond that date, McCaw will receive a pro-rated $3 million deal for this season. McCaw’s contract is non-guaranteed for $3 million in 2019-20.

Because of the timing of the contract signing and CBA regulations, the Cavs will not be able to flip him in a trade prior to the Feb. 7 trade deadline, a source said.

After having Sunday off, the Cavs return to the practice floor on Monday and are expecting McCaw to be there. His playing status for Wednesday night against Miami is still to be determined. Cleveland wants to see what kind of shape McCaw is in first, as he has been away from the Warriors because of a lengthy standoff.

Given the more recent injuries to Rodney Hood (Achilles), Ante Zizic (knee) and David Nwaba (ankle), along with Kevin Love (foot) and Tristan Thompson (foot), the Cavs internally discussed some G League options with 10-day contracts. Ultimately they decided to take a swing on McCaw, believing he had the right combination of talent, experience and upside to fill out the roster and help them in the short term. 

The Cavs made an offer higher than the one he reportedly turned down this summer, hoping it would be prohibitive enough to Golden State, which sits high above the luxury tax threshold and only has one roster spot available. The gamble paid off. 

McCaw, 23, averaged 4.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 57 games last season.

He has appeared in 21 postseason games over his first two years, averaging 3.1 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.8 assists. 

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