The news about the National Basketball Association going to investigate the Cleveland Cavaliers for their signing and then rapid releasing of Patrick McCaw was initially reported by the New York Times'Marc Stein.
McCaw reportedly didn't want to play for Golden State anymore because he wanted a bigger role on offense.
Here is the catch: the contract was non-guaranteed, and a week after signing him, Cleveland released him.
The situation seems like the Cavs did McCaw a favor and helped him reach unrestricted free agency earlier than he should have, which harms a team like Golden State, which should have retained his rights for the season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no details of the probe have been revealed publicly. The New York Times reports the league has granted the request and will perform a formal review of the transactions.
McCaw signed a two-year, $6 million unguaranteed deal with the Cavs and only appeared in three games with Cleveland. It's unclear how long the NBA's review will take, or what - if anything - the Warriors are seeking. "I don't know that there's been a totally non-guaranteed offer sheet before".
It can be speculated that Cleveland signed McCaw simply to get him out of restricted free agency.
Playing for the Warriors in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, McCaw averaged 4.0 points in 128 regular-season appearances.
Shooting guard Patrick McCaw appeared in three games this season, all with the Cavaliers.