National Basketball Association looking into circumstances of Patrick McCaw signing

Jan 5 2019 Cleveland OH USA Cleveland Cavaliers guard Patrick Mc Caw passes the ball against New Orleans Pelicans forward Darius Miller and forward Julius Randle during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit Ken Blaze

Jan 5 2019 Cleveland OH USA Cleveland Cavaliers guard Patrick Mc Caw passes the ball against New Orleans Pelicans forward Darius Miller and forward Julius Randle during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit Ken Blaze

Unfortunately for him, the defending champs aren't the best team to try and leverage, so Golden State let his free agency drag out well into the season.

The NBA will conduct a formal review of the Cleveland Cavaliers' signing and near-immediate release of Patrick McCaw.

After just 10 days, the Cavaliers waived McCaw, an unusual decision for a team that went out of its way to sign him. McCaw was expected to step into an expanded role in year three, but chose to hold out instead of agreeing to the Warriors two-year, $5.2 million offer during the offseason. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no details of the probe have been revealed publicly.

The Warriors declined to match McCaw's offer sheet almost seven months after rejecting their $1.7 million qualifying offer and two-year, $5.2 million deal, which included a non-guaranteed deal his second year.

Speaking Tuesday before Golden State's game with New York, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he wasn't aware that his team was involved in the review of the McCaw matter. Yes, the player who Cleveland signed on a two-year, $6 million deal and waived three games later. Monday marked the deadline for non-guaranteed deals to become guaranteed, meaning McCaw becomes an unrestricted free agent after he clears waivers.

He was sent that same night to the Warriors and in his two seasons, averaged 4.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists.

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