Warriors Rumors: Dubs didn’t match McCaw’s offer sheet for multiple reasons

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 17: Patrick McCaw. Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 17: Patrick McCaw. Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images) /

It was an easy decision not to bring back 23-year-old Patrick McCaw, but it’s one the Golden State Warriors had to make.

When asked out the decision not to match Patrick McCaw’s offer sheet, a 2-year, $6 million offer from Cleveland, the Golden State Warriors general manager didn’t give one single reason as to why the Dubs decided to let the youngster walk.

Instead, he gave a few reasons behind the decision, per the Mercury News’ Mark Medina.

Both the luxury tax and the continued freedom of having one remaining roster spot were enticing alternatives. That’s why, for the most part, the Warriors opted not to match McCaw’s offer. Also, it seems the fact that it was a two-year deal has played a part.

The Warriors, much like the LA Lakers, have begun to offer solely one-year contracts to many of its more expendable players. While there wasn’t a widespread report around the Warriors offer to McCaw, it’s likely it wasn’t multi-year which was what the young guard was seeking.

There are a few problems with McCaw wanting the money and time he did. For starters, while his potential, at times, oozed from him, at large, he wasn’t showing elite-level talent. McCaw averaged merely four points per game in both his rookie and sophomore season.

He wasn’t efficient either, failing to shoot over 45% from the field in either outing. Ultimately, the Dubs needed McCaw to prove himself more. They wanted to keep the former UNLV standout. They made that clear.

However, they wanted to keep him at their price. Along those lines, the season-ending injury, according to Myers, played a role. It forced the Dubs to entertain the idea of signing a big man with their 15th roster spot instead of using it to bring McCaw back to the Bay.

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While many might view it as a one-dimensional issue for Golden State, the Warriors had numerous reasons why they didn’t feel it was the right decision to bring back Patrick McCaw. In the end, it might be Patrick McCaw who regrets not coming back, not Golden State.