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Warriors forward Patrick McCaw could be targeted this offseason despite restricted tag

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It appears that if you play for the Golden State Warriors, other teams will want you no matter what your role is.

Warriors guard Patrick McCaw has found his way into the free agent discussion, per ESPN’s Bobby Marks via Chris Crouse of Hoops Rumors. He’s on the last year of his rookie deal, and will be a restricted free agent this July.

Crouse delves into some machinations of the salary cap, regarding just how much teams can sign him for, and how much the Warriors — the incumbent team — can offer him.

Opposing teams can only sign the 22-year-old to an offer sheet starting at an estimated $8.6MM because of the Arenas provision, though a rival could backload to the deal akin to what the Nets did to the Heat with Tyler Johnson and dare Golden State to match.

The Warriors own McCaw’s Early Bird rights because of the two-year contract he signed back in 2016. As a result, the franchise can offer him a contract up with a starting salary of up to approximately $8.7MM.

In his short career, McCaw has averaged 3.9 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 14.7 minutes, per Basketball-Reference. But the team likes McCaw and with his length and size, he could make a formidable option as a wing defender who can play effective switching defense.

Time will tell where McCaw ends up, but if he’s in the right situation — and that could be to stay with the Warriors — he should develop into a serviceable option in the NBA.