McCaw was sidelined for nearly two months with a bone bruise in his lower back near the end of last season after a horrific fall during a game at Sacramento.
The NBA has continued its formal review into Cleveland signing McCaw to a two-year, $6 million deal and subsequently waiving him three days later before his contract would become guaranteed. It was a weird situation.
In just a week, Patrick McCaw went from National Basketball Association nomad who most of the staunchest of fans couldn't pick out of a lineup to one of the most intriguing contract situations in the league. And now that he is an unrestricted free agent, the former UNLV standout reportedly plans to sign with the Raptors with a veteran's minimum of $786,000 for one year, according to Shams Charania.
McCaw, 23, joined Cleveland Dec. 30 after the Warriors declined to match the Cavaliers' offer sheet.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will not meet in the NBA Finals for a fifth straight season, but that hasn't stopped the two teams from sparring off the court. Golden State could've matched.
The NBA is investigating the Cavs for possibility circumventing the salary cap after waiving McCaw. "But if the National Basketball Association voided McCaw's contract, he could become a restricted free agent again". There is precedent for this, as back in 2000, the Minnesota Timberwolves lost five first-round picks due to their negotiations with free agent Joe Smith. McCaw was free to sign with any team after clearing waivers. Imagine this story: the NBA's worst team losing their top draft pick all because they chose to help out a third-string guard.
McCaw, who had been out for months, was seeking multi-years with multi-millions attached.
With the way things have been going for the Cavs, that could be the first pick in the entire draft.