Patrick McCaw entered this past offseason as one of many restricted free agents that figured to have a hard time finding a deal they wanted with so many teams unable to create cap space to bring in new players via free agency.
It appears the Warriors believe the Cavaliers, in conjunction with McCaw, acted in bad faith in order to free him from Golden State control.
After just 10 days, the Cavaliers waived McCaw, an unusual decision for a team that went out of its way to sign him.
Marc Stein of the New York Times reported that the league will launch a formal review after the Cavaliers signed McCaw and nearly immediately waived him. No one really knows why McCaw chose to leave Golden State but perhaps he was searching for a bigger opportunity. No one is sure exactly why the Cavaliers did this, but there are a few possibilities. Cleveland then tried to sign him for even less, making a sneaky maneuver to cover up paying him $6 million. The Cavaliers signed him on December 30 to a two-year, $6 million non-guaranteed deal, with the Warriors choosing not to match those terms.
It was a crafty bit of maneuvering by the Cavs, and it's easy to see how the Warriors would be annoyed by their tactics.
No matter what all of this is about, McCaw's agent appears to be putting him in sticky situations that, long-term, could cause organizations not to want to deal with him.
McCaw turned down an offer to stay with the Warriors at the end of the 2017 season, instead preferring to hit the market.
In any case, it will be interesting to see what the National Basketball Association decides and if the McCaw saga affects restricted free agency moving forward.