However, McCaw declined a two-year, $5.2 million contract extension with the team and now becomes a free agent. According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, McCaw’s representatives urged him to accept the offer, but he wanted a bigger opportunity elsewhere.
After a rough second season that included a massive shooting slump, a fractured wrist and a nearly crippling back injury, McCaw didn’t find much of a market in restricted free agency,” Anthony Slater of The Athletic reported. “The Warriors’ guaranteed offer, it would appear, is the most lucrative available.
But, reaffirmed by his Monday decision to let the qualifying offer expire, there’s something that’s becoming increasingly clear: This isn’t as much about money for McCaw as it is about opportunity. Sources indicate that both McCaw and his father, Jeff, who has become a vocal part of this process, believe a more expansive role is the best thing for his growth and eventual earning potential.
Now McCaw is a free agent and the Warriors could potentially look to add a guard in free agency. The team could also choose to fill the position from within and potentially give rookie Jacob Evans a sizable role in his first NBA season.
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.
It’s unclear if the Warriors plan to move swiftly and fill the void or just stand pat and see how the early portion of the season goes. On the other hand, McCaw definitely had a ton of potential and he could realize it elsewhere.