Nobody knows what Patrick McCaw is doing, not even his Golden State Warriors teammates.
As McCaw continues to hold out in the hopes of securing a better deal from the Warriors, the story has taken on another twist. That would be because he’s not even responding to teammates’ calls and hasn’t been in communication with the Warriors during this whole holdout, via Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic:
“Patrick? McCaw has gone dark.? His teammates have been? reaching out and they can’t get? a hold of? him, talk? some?? sense into him.
McCaw officially stayed away from all of this Warriors training camp and missed the entire preseason slate. The regular season starts in three days.
A few Warriors players talked to him before camp, advising him on what to do. But as his holdout has continued, he has not responded to several players checking in on him. Veterans, champions — the kind of men McCaw should be listening to — are being shut out.”
This is an odd situation because McCaw doesn’t have any leverage. At all.
First off, the Warriors are the titles favorites with or without him. McCaw isn’t the ultimate determinant in whether or not Golden State is a contender. Secondly, he’s a restricted free agent. He declined a generous offer from the Warriors at two years and $5.2 million along with the qualifying offer of $1.7 million.
In other words, no teams have shown significant interest in McCaw and if they have, the best they could offer him is a minimum deal.
McCaw is just 22 years of age and entering his third year. Because the Warriors don’t have significant depth behind Klay Thompson and because he fits into their system, McCaw would play significant minutes this season.
Common sense seems to dictate it should be a given that McCaw gladly re-sign with the Warriors, play valuable minutes for the eventual NBA champions yet again and increase his value when he does become an unrestricted free agent in two season. However, that’s not the type of situation that McCaw sees favorable for himself as he eyes the dollars entering his third season.
Here’s what anonymous Warriors players had to say regarding the whole situation:
“You can’t do this after two years,” one player said. “You’ve got to get the clout first. He doesn’t have the leverage.”
“He’s a man and I support his decision to handle his business how he sees fit,” said one of the Warriors’ other young players. “I don’t know what he’s doing. I don’t understand. But I don’t take it as personal. He has to do what’s best for him. It’s just weird.”
The Warriors will open up their regular season in just three days. Barring some sort of miracle, they’ll do so without McCaw.
For his sake and his career, one has to hope that McCaw comes to his senses sooner rather than later before he completely loses all of his value.