While it still seems to be a foregone conclusion that Patrick McCaw returns to the Golden State Warriors for the 2018-19 campaign, the former UNLV Runnin’ Rebels standout has still not come to terms on an agreement with the team which has led to plenty of questions from fans wondering what is holding the process up.
With that being the case, Anthony Slater of The Athletic took a deep dive into why both sides are standing pat as we move deeper and deeper into the month of September with training camp just weeks away from opening.
Via The Athletic:
Both sides, strangely, have their own form of leverage in the negotiations right now. The Warriors hold the power card: McCaw’s restricted tag. They’ve extended the $1.74 million qualifying offer, so even if McCaw finds an unlikely contract from somewhere else, the Warriors have final say on whether to match or let him walk.
But McCaw and his reps hold a minor bit of leverage, too. They know the Warriors expect to keep only 14 full-time roster players entering training camp and already have 13 under contract. They know McCaw is very much penciled into the Warriors’ plans as that final piece of the puzzle. And they know the Warriors, equipped with only minimum deals to offer, won’t find anyone still out there they value more than McCaw, who they drafted, spent time developing and still believe can contribute at a major spot of need (wing).
So McCaw and his reps can comfortably play the waiting game, figuring (correctly) the Warriors won’t pull the qualifying offer and it’ll be waiting for him up until camp later this month. In the meantime, however unlikely, they can keep surveying the scene, hoping a team — any team with just a bit of space — warms up to McCaw and tosses a contract offer.
At this point in time, as Slater laid out in his mailbag for The Athletic, all signs still point toward McCaw signing his qualifying offer and rejoining the Warriors as they look to win their fourth NBA championship over the course of the last five years.
However, as he noted, if injuries occur elsewhere within the league then there is a possibility that other teams could come calling with an offer sheet which is likely why McCaw and his representation are in no hurry to make a final decision on what will come next.
This past season, McCaw made 57 appearances for Golden State and owned averages of 4.0 points to go along with 1.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in just 16.9 minutes per game off of the bench.