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Golden State Warriors issue qualifying offer to Patrick McCaw

Patrick McCaw

The Golden State Warriors have extended a qualifying offer to Patrick McCaw according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes. This means that the former second-round pick out of UNLV will officially become a restricted free agent. There’s a chance that McCaw is offered a contract that the Warriors refuse to match, but right now, it appears that McCaw will wind up back with the Warriors.

By extending the qualifying offer, the Warriors have the right to match any offer McCaw receives from another team.

McCaw suffered a brutal injury after falling hard on his back in a March game against the Sacramento Kings. He missed the remainder of the regular season and only returned to play in a handful of playoff games. Even then, he only played a few minutes here and there.

The young guard has shown promise in his short career and can fill a valuable role as a high-energy bench player that defends on the perimeter. He could be the heir apparent to the role that Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston fill. His long, athletic build and defensive prowess are tailor-made to fill that role.

The Warriors are going to be the heavy favorite to win a third straight title next season due in large part to the four All-Stars on the team. But role players like McCaw cannot be overlooked. A player like McCaw is a natural fit and the Warriors’ front office knows it.

Regardless of where he lands this offseason, it will be nice to see a fully healthy McCaw on the floor and competing at the high level he’s capable of.