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National Basketball Association to review Cavaliers release of McCaw

National Basketball Association to review Cavaliers release of McCaw

Marc Stein of the New York Times reported that the league will launch a formal review after the Cavaliers signed McCaw and nearly immediately waived him. Golden State felt uneasy with the situation, asking the National Basketball Association to take a closer look at what happened. But this summer, he made a decision to move on from the team and declined their qualifying offer.

"The NBA immediately had suspicions that McCaw and the Cavaliers reached an agreement to waive him so he could become an unrestricted free agent", Medina wrote, citing sources.

McCaw spent his first two seasons with the Warriors, but held out after their most recent championship run.

This is just the start of the Cavs' alibi for signing McCaw and then waiving him Sunday, a day before they would have had to pay him $3 million for the season. No one is sure exactly why the Cavaliers did this, but there are a few possibilities.

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The Cavaliers signed McCaw to an two-year, non-guaranteed $6 million contract that the Warriors declined to match.

The circumstances were freakish and raised questions about Cleveland's motivation to sign and release a player off the roster of their frequent NBA Finals rival.

It was a crafty bit of maneuvering by the Cavs, and it's easy to see how the Warriors would be annoyed by their tactics. The Warriors chose not to match, and McCaw was finally freed from his RFA purgatory.

In any case, it will be interesting to see what the National Basketball Association decides and if the McCaw saga affects restricted free agency moving forward.