The Cleveland Cavaliers are under investigation by the league office for the circumstances surrounding their release of Patrick McCaw. If found guilty, the Cavs could potentially be fined and lose a first round pick.
McCaw, a restricted free agent with the Golden State Warriors, signed a two-year $6 million dollar deal with Cleveland last week. But, the Cavs waived McCaw on Sunday, one day before his contract would become guaranteed.
The NBA is suspicious that Cleveland came to a verbal agreement with McCaw, saying the Cavs agreed to sign and release him in order for him to become an unrestricted free agent. McCaw’s representatives argue otherwise. They’re stating that Cleveland saw this as an opportunity to bring in and evaluate a wing player at no risk.
McCaw appeared in only three games with the team and played only 18 minutes before he was waived. The Cavs signed Cameron Payne to a 10-day contract after releasing McCaw.
If you thought Cavs drama would leave Cleveland with LeBron, you were dead wrong. This is a crazy situation. There isn’t any benefit for the Cavs to risk all this just to help McCaw become a free agent. Well, other than pettiness and wanting to screw over the Warriors, which is a genuine possibility.
Even if the Cavs did agree to do this with McCaw, I don’t know how anyone could prove it. This would surely cost Altman his job if the NBA does find him guilty. They’d definitely have to pay a massive fine, but losing a first round pick for this sounds extremely harsh. I’d be shocked if the league actually took one away.
Let’s just hope that there’s no evidence to support these claims and that it all blows over in a couple weeks.