CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The NBA is investigating whether the Cavaliers circumvented the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement by signing restricted free agent Patrick McCaw to a two-year, $6 million deal and then releasing him before the deal became fully guaranteed. The Warriors, who chose not to match the initial offer, asked for the investigation.
By releasing McCaw prior to Monday’s guarantee deadline, the Cavaliers put themselves in position to possibly sign McCaw to a cheaper deal, although they’ve since signed free-agent guard Cameron Payne to a 10-day contract.
The league forbids teams and players to make “unauthorized agreements”. Possible penalties include the loss of a future first-round pick, and while that seems like a long shot, it would be the ultimate setback for a team like that Cavaliers that’s headed towards the top of the NBA Draft again.