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Golden State unlikely to match offer sheet for RFA Patrick McCaw


The Golden State Warriors are unlikely to match the two-year, $6 million offer sheet the Cleveland Cavaliers offered for their restricted free agent Patrick McCaw, according to Connor LeTourneau of The San Francisco Chronicle.

While matching the offer would net McCaw’s services, the Warriors would be paying a total of $11.3 million for his services, given how far they are into the luxury tax threshold.

According to ESPN Insider Bobby Marks, Golden State’s tax bill would jump from an already hefty $50.3 million to $61.6 million by matching McCaw’s offer sheet.

The Cavs on the other hand, have to guarantee a minimum of two seasons (not including option years), but they still has the full $8.6 million mid-level exception and $3.4 million bi-annual to use, along with being $3.93 million below the luxury tax — giving them ample range to make this move and acquire a young player like McCaw.

The third-year forward turned down the Warriors’ two prior offers, first a one-year, $1.7 million qualifying offer and later a two-year, $5.2 million deal that could allow him to become an unrestricted free agent in 2020.

The UNLV product reportedly was prioritizing a better role with the team, rather than just the money, but the organization couldn’t promise him that after a visual regression in his play — proving to be more tentative with his shot, which reflected in a poor 40.9 percent from the field and 23.8 percent from deep.

Golden State had another key find in Alfonzo McKinnie earlier this season, a player that has taken and thrived in McCaw’s role, as the Warriors are likely to let the latter walk and save that last roster spot for a potential buyout candidate that can suit their needs.