NBA Finds No Violation in Cavs' Signing, Release of Ex-Warriors SG Patrick McCaw

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2019

CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 4:  Channing Frye #9 hi-fives Patrick McCaw #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game against the Utah Jazz on January 4, 2019 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The NBA cleared the Cleveland Cavaliers of any potential collective bargaining violations regarding the signing and subsequent release of Patrick McCaw.

ESPN.com's Tim Bontemps shared the league's official release regarding the matter:

The Cavs signed McCaw to a two-year, $6 million offer sheet in late December. Because he was a restricted free agent, his previous team, the Golden State Warriors, had the opportunity to match that offer and re-sign him.

The Warriors declined to exercise that option, paving the way for his move to Cleveland. 

McCaw appeared in three games for the Cavs before the team released him on Jan. 6 to make way for Cameron Payne. Some wondered whether the Cavaliers essentially acted as an intermediary to get McCaw out of Golden State and allow him to become an unrestricted free agent.

On Jan. 10, McCaw signed with the Toronto Raptors for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.

While McCaw's salary hit on its own wasn't significant, the Warriors would've had to pay $11 million in luxury taxes if they had matched Cleveland's offer sheet.

The New York Times' Marc Stein reported the Warriors had requested an investigation by the NBA to determine whether Cleveland was guilty of "salary cap circumvention." Stein added that the Cavaliers could've been fined between $3 million and $6 million or lost draft picks if the league found the franchise had failed to properly follow CBA rules.

Forfeiting a 2019 draft pick would've been a massive hit for Cleveland, which owns the NBA's worst record (9-35).

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