Shooting guard Patrick McCaw has not had a phenomenal individual start to his NBA career. Though he won two championships with the Warriors after being selected in the second round of the 2016 draft, he's been a non-factor, and hasn't really stepped up when given the opportunity.
He declined a deal to remain with Golden State after the 2017-18 season for some puzzling reason. Apparently bench rings weren't enough. He wanted a chance to shine. So, he signed with the Cavaliers on Dec. 28th and the Warriors refused to match.
He lasted about a week.
The 23-year-old talent was, well, not talented enough. He only averaged 1.7 points in 17.7 minutes with the team. Obviously they weren't too impressed with his ability (or lack thereof). He seemed to be promising with the Warriors, but went down with a scary injury at the end of 2017.
The roster spot will used by Cleveland to sign by-and-large first-round bust Cameron Payne; the PG will help the Cavs' tank immensely, coming over from Chicago.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are planning to sign free agent guard Cameron Payne to a 10-day contract, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium. Cleveland is releasing Pat McCaw, opening roster spot.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 6, 2019
But, have no fear, McCaw fans. The Cavs need all of the young talent they can get. They are looking to bring him back if he clears waivers.
Cleveland, along with several playoff contenders, are expected to express interest in signing McCaw (unrestricted free agent) if he clears waivers. Guarantee deadline for McCaw (two years, $6M) -- and other players on non-guaranteed deals around NBA -- is Monday. https://t.co/QgZOUiPLVz— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 6, 2019
The Cavs have now let another intriguing player walk. But we should've known from the first photo.
Rest In Peace to the Patrick McCaw Cavs era pic.twitter.com/RBLIsiwLFP— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) January 6, 2019
Yeah, that'll do it.