The Golden State Warriors opened their preseason schedule on Saturday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Even with the regular season just over two weeks away, the team’s roster may not be complete just yet. Monday marks the final day that guard Patrick McCaw has to accept his $1.7 million qualifying offer for the 2018-19 season and McCaw will be a restricted free agent if the Warriors ended up withdrawing his offer.
Anthony Slater of The Athletic reported back in July that the expectation was that McCaw would sign his qualifying offer and remain with the team. Now with the deadline coming down to the wire, that may not happen.
It was definitely an up-and-down 2017-18 season for McCaw to say the least. The Golden State guard suffered a lumbosacral bone bruise in late March when he fell hard to the floor on his back in a game against the Sacramento Kings last month. Vince Carter found himself underneath McCaw while he was airborne and McCaw ended up being taken off the floor on a stretcher. At the time, Carter showed significant remorse for causing the injury and it was obviously an accident.
The former UNLV standout missed the majority of the postseason, but did return in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets. McCaw scored just a grand total of four points on 1-of-2 shooting in the six games that he played throughout the Western Conference Finals and NBA Finals. In addition, McCaw played no more than four minutes in each of those six contests.
During the regular season, McCaw played significant minutes throughout the season for the Warriors as he played in 57 games and started 10 of those contests. The former second round pick averaged 4.0 points to go along with 1.4 assists and 1.4 rebounds. McCaw and Quinn Cook provided strong depth in the Golden State backcourt while Stephen Curry missed time throughout the regular season.
Golden State was certainly ravaged by the injury bug especially late in the season. Kevin Durant dealt with a rib injury and Klay Thompson had suffered a fractured thumb. However, both players did return for Golden State’s postseason run, but it was one of the major reasons that In addition, Stephen Curry dealt with a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his knee and missed the opening round of the playoffs. With McCaw also out of the lineup, it wasn’t exactly smooth sailing for the Warriors.
McCaw provides quite a bit of depth for the Warriors, especially if the team ends up having to deal with injuries. With the likes of Curry and McCaw on the shelf, Cook really shined last season and proved to be a valuable member of the team. Rookie Jacob Evans, who was Golden State’s first round pick in 2018, could see more minutes than originally anticipated if McCaw ends up not returning to the Bay Area.