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Cleveland Cavaliers planning to waive Patrick McCaw, sources say

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Cavaliers are planning to waive swingman Patrick McCaw before his contract becomes guaranteed, league sources told cleveland.com. 

The Cavs signed McCaw to a non-guaranteed two-year offer sheet on Dec. 28 and officially joined the team on Dec. 31, which gave them about a week to evaluate him before making a final decision on his future. The deadline for McCaw and other players on non-guaranteed deals is Monday. This decision will once again give the Cavs an open roster spot. 

According to sources, the Cavs didn’t see enough from McCaw in a limited time to justify guaranteeing his contract for the remainder of the season.

In three games, McCaw averaged 1.7 points on 22 percent shooting and 25 percent from 3-point range in 17.7 minutes.

McCaw — who missed all of training camp, preseason and the first few months of the regular season while being away from the Golden State Warriors — unsurprisingly looked rusty and out of place in his three appearances. 

Cleveland still has some interest in signing McCaw to a lesser deal as an unrestricted free agent. However, McCaw would have to clear waivers first and The Undefeated’s Marc Spears reported that there’s an “outside chance” some team claims him. The Cavs are also looking for another ball handler and will prioritize that. 

At the time the Cavs inked McCaw to an offer sheet, they were looking for healthy bodies. Sources told cleveland.com the Cavs scoured the G League and considered giving one of those players a 10-day contract before opting to sign McCaw, believing he had more talent, experience and upside than anyone the Cavs could sign to a 10-day deal.

The Cavs structured McCaw’s offer sheet in a way that made it problematic for the Warriors to match while also giving them financial flexibility and an out. According to sources, there was no prior arrangement between McCaw’s agent and the Cavaliers to eventually allow McCaw to become an unrestricted free agent. 

“We wanted to take a real look at him and see if he could help,” a source told cleveland.com. 

Shams Charania of The Athletic was the first to report the Cavs plan to waive McCaw. 

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