Warriors decline to match Cavs offer for McCaw

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Patrick McCaw, who has been sitting out the 2018-2019 National Basketball Association season after turning down a two-year, $5.2 million contract from the Golden State Warriors over the summer, is signing an offer sheet with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

"That's a tough question", McCaw said Monday, after his first practice with his new team, the Cavaliers. If McCaw is cut before January 7, the club won't be on the hook for his pro-rated $3-million salary, allowing the 23-year-old to become an unrestricted free agent.

McCaw rejected the qualifying offer from Golden State over the offseason, which made him a restricted free agent.

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The Cavs signed McCaw to a two-year, $6 million contract, which would have cost the Warriors $11.3 million total due to their luxury tax implications, elevating their tax bill from $50.3 million to $61.6 million for this current season. McCaw has been away from the team during his holdout after the Warriors offered him a two-year, $5.2 million contract back in October. He was acquired by Golden State in exchange for cash considerations in a draft-day deal.

Haynes notes that McCaw has been working out in his hometown of St. Louis and is in good shape. Cleveland has been plagued by injuries all season and needs front-line help.