January 8, 2019, 6:53 pmPatrick McCawG, Cleveland Cavaliers
The NBA will investigate the Cavs for their signing and quick release of Patrick McCaw, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.
In a juicy footnote, Stein adds that the Warriors requested an investigation. The Cavs submitted an offer sheet on McCaw, a restricted free agent whose rights were owned by Golden State. They opted not to match and the Cavs didn't like what they saw out of McCaw enough in his short stint to waive him before his $3 million salary became guaranteed. In another wrinkle, had the Warriors matched, it would've cost them $11 million towards the luxury tax. That's probably what angered them so much, though it's hard to see how the league can come down on the Cavs for this — it's not their fault that Golden State's cap sheet looks the way it does, and they did give him playing time rather than just release him immediately. No rules were broken, McCaw got out of restricted free agent purgatory, the Cavs got a flier on a young wing and the Warriors got mad. We'll see what happens.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter