Despite a two-plus-month hiatus, third-year forward Patrick McCaw technically remains a member of the Golden State Warriors, who have made clear they still intend to match any offer sheet coming his way, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
The 23-year-old is a restricted free agent who’s holding out after failing to show up for training camp and never reporting to the team. He has remained away from the organization, out of touch with players and coaches.
The Warriors purchased the Milwaukee Bucks’ 2016 second-round pick for $3.5 million, drafting McCaw with the 38th overall pick and making him a rotation player, a role that eventually diminished due to the team’s depth and a bevy of injuries that kept him from seeing the floor.
McCaw surprisingly played hardball with the Warriors during the summer, but to no avail, given his pedestrian average of four points per game throughout his career.
The UNLV product was looking for a more ample role with the team, a promise this front office couldn’t make due to the team’s depth and the poor showing he provided in 2017-18, shooting only 40.9 percent from the field and 23.8 percent from deep.
The Warriors replaced McCaw with the signing of the undrafted Alfonzo McKinnie out of training camp, a player who has been a boon for this team and fit into the rotation as a multi-positional asset.
McCaw turned down a two-year, $5.2 million deal that was offered by the team before the start of the regular season after scuffing the initial $1.7 million qualifying offer for his upcoming season. The Warriors still retain his rights and can match any incoming offer for his services.