The Toronto Raptors have signed guard Patrick McCaw to a one-year, $786,000 veteran’s minimum deal, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
McCaw has sat out the majority of the season after turning down the qualifying offer from the Golden State Warriors during the summer. The Cleveland Cavaliers officially signed him on Dec. 30 after the Warriors decided not to match his two-year, $6-million offer sheet.
Cleveland waived McCaw a week after he joined the team. The Cavs signed the guard to a high-priced offer sheet – in hopes that the Warriors wouldn’t match – so that they could waive him and try to get him on a cheaper deal if he cleared waivers, according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype.
McCaw had a pair of offers on the table from the Warriors in the offseason – the qualifying offer and a one-year, $2-million deal with a team option for 2019-20. But instead of taking the advice of his representatives, McCaw listened to his father, Jeff, who advised him to look for an expanded role elsewhere, sources told The Athletic’s Anthony Slater.
The Raptors, who sit atop the NBA standings with a 31-12 record, will not be able to offer him a starting spot, but they can definitely utilize his abilities off the bench.
In two seasons with Golden State, McCaw averaged four points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.6 steals in 15.9 minutes per game. He was able to win championships with the Warriors in his first two years in the Association.
He played in just three games for the Cavs before being waived. Over that short span, he had 1.7 points, one rebound, and 0.7 assists.
McCaw doesn’t help the Raptors in regards to shooting from the field – something they desperately need heading into the 2019 playoffs. He’s a career 41.8 percent shooter from the field, and fires at a 29.5 percent clip from 3-point range.
He excels on the defensive end, with some comparing him to former teammate Andre Iguodala. He has tried to improve his deep game, but it hasn’t come full-circle as of yet. If he can grow that part of his game, it’s possible that the swingman can become a reliable 3-and-D player, something that NBA team covet off the bench.
After waiving Lorenzo Brown before his contract became guaranteed on Jan. 7, the Raptors had an extra roster spot available – Canadian Chris Boucher doesn’t count toward the roster total as he’s on a two-way contract.
McCaw will likely see some time at his natural position, but he could also play at small forward when Kawhi Leonard isn’t on the floor.
The 23-year-old will become a restricted free agent at seasons end. Toronto now has the ability to match any offer from any team during the offseason.