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Steve Kerr still hopeful Patrick McCaw will ‘make up his mind’


Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is still hopeful to see his third-year forward Patrick McCaw return after the forward went AWOL having failed to reach a contractual agreement with the organization. McCaw was offered a two-year, $5.2 million deal in addition to the initial $2.7 million qualifying offer for this 2017-18 season, but the UNLV product refused to take either and has yet to report to the practice facility or talk to any of his teammates.

“He’s a restricted free agent, so we have his rights no matter whether he accepts the contract that we’ve offered or not,” Kerr told Damon Bruce of 95.7 The Game (h/t Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area). “We’ve been in touch with him occasionally, and he’s going through his own thought process.”

“He knows where we stand. We’d love to get him here. There’s still a place for him here. He has to just make up his mind which direction he wants to go.”

The Warriors roster sits at 14 at the moment with the latest addition of training camp invitee Alfonzo McKinnie, leaving one roster spot open shall he choose to return.

“We have faith that he’ll be with the Warriors again,” Kerr added. “And we’ll just be patient as this goes.”

McCaw’s bone seems to be in the need of a bigger role, but he simply hasn’t done enough to deserve more than a 10th or 11th man’s minutes in the rotation — still struggling to find his shot or be assertive on the floor.

His contract situation has resulted in a stalemate, making him a relative prisoner, unable to find another opportunity elsewhere due to his contractual obligations to the team.