Patrick McCaw must be feeling either very embarrassed or very pleased with himself right now.
Having refused to re-sign with the Golden State Warriors, the player is now without a team after being waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers days after they signed him.
The 2016 second-round pick was among six players who were waived by various NBA teams on Monday, before contracts for the season became guaranteed, with MarShon Brooks, Michael Carter-Williams, James Nunnally, Lorenzo Brown and Ron Baker also getting cut, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Six players hit waivers at 5 PM: MarShon Brooks, Michael Carter-Williams, Patrick McCaw, James Nunnally, Lorenzo Brown and Ron Baker. Rest of non-guaranteed contracts are locked in for season now.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 7, 2019
Carter-Williams was traded from the Houston Rockets to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for cash and a second-round draft pick but it was always expected that he would be waived before 5 pm hit.
Brooks, meanwhile, had joined the Bulls as part of a trade that saw Justin Holiday move to the Memphis Grizzlies but it was known that he would be cut too.
Nunnally, a 28-year-old small forward who had previously played for the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers, as well as several overseas outfits, was dropped by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Brown was released by the Toronto Raptors and Baker found himself waived by the Washington Wizards, the second team to do so within the space of a month, with the New York Knicks having cut him loose in December.
What This Means
Of the above, McCaw's release is the most surprising. The player had shown his value as a reserve for the Warriors and they considered him an important player, albeit not important enough to match an offer sheet when the Cavs put forth their proposal.
It seems as if the Cavaliers were simply looking to help the player transition from a restricted free agent to an unrestricted free agent. But their reasons are unknown.
The Eastern Conference team, who went up against the Dubs in the last four finals, was probably only looking for a way to get one over the champions and saw McCaw's lingering offer as an opportunity. We'll probably never know.