National Basketball Association looking into circumstances of Patrick McCaw signing

Jan 5 2019 Cleveland OH USA Cleveland Cavaliers guard Patrick Mc Caw passes the ball against New Orleans Pelicans forward Darius Miller and forward Julius Randle during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit Ken Blaze

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Cleveland signed McCaw and waived him to pick up recently waived Chicago Bulls point guard Cameron Payne. McCaw officially joined the Cavaliers' roster on Monday, Dec. 31 after Golden State decided not to match Cleveland's offer.

According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, the National Basketball Association has launched a formal review into Cleveland waiving the two-time Golden State Warriors champion before his contract would become guaranteed. McCaw was expected to step into an expanded role in year three, but chose to hold out instead of agreeing to the Warriors two-year, $5.2 million offer during the offseason. The New York Times first reported the Warriors' complaint and investigation.

Back in October, McCaw turned down a two-year, $5.2 million offer from the Warriors, a decision that puzzled many.

How long the league's review will take has not been determined, nor is it clear what the Warriors might be seeking. The league immediately had suspicions that McCaw and the Cavaliers reached an agreement to waive him so he could become an unrestricted free agent, Stein said. McCaw's contract with the team was for two years at $6 million, but it was not guaranteed.

Golden State selected McCaw in the second round in 2016.

However, after playing in just three games for the Cavaliers, McCaw was released after averaging 1.7 points, 1.0 rebounds and 0.7 assists.

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