Golden State Warriors third-year guard Patrick McCaw has not accepted the Warriors’ qualifying offer for the upcoming 2018-19 NBA season, and as a result he will miss media day and the start of training camp, according to The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears. The Warriors are holding their Media Day on Monday in Oakland and will begin camp on Tuesday.
The Warriors extended a $1.74 million offer sheet to McCaw over the offseason.
Anthony Slater of The Athletic recently took a deep dive into why the two sides remain at odds contractually. Here’s what he had to say, 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.”
Despite the fact the McCaw still hasn’t signed his qualifying offer, it still seems likely that he will ultimately rejoin the Warriors as they look to win their third consecutive NBA championship and fourth over the course of the last five years.
However, as Slater noted, if injuries occur early in camp elsewhere across the league’s landscape then there is a possibility that another teams could come calling with a more substantial offer, which is likely why McCaw and his representation have not yet put pen to paper.
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.