NBA will look into Cavaliers’ signing and release of ex-Warrior Patrick McCaw

The NBA is formally reviewing the Cavaliers’ recent signing and release of ex-Warrior Patrick McCaw for potential salary-cap circumvention, a league source confirmed with The Chronicle.

The New York Times was first to report the news.

Golden State, which previously held McCaw’s rights, asked the league to investigate the circumstances surrounding Cleveland’s decision to sign McCaw to a non-guaranteed two-year, $6 million deal Dec. 30, only to waive him eight days later.

The Warriors declined to match the Cavaliers’ offer sheet because doing so would have cost roughly $11.3 million against the luxury tax.

McCaw scored five points in three games with Cleveland before he was waived ahead of the NBA’s annual deadline that would have guaranteed his $3 million salary for this season. If he clears waivers Wednesday, McCaw will become an unrestricted free agent.

— Connor LeTourneau

Suns 115, Kings 111: Kelly Oubre Jr. matched his career high with 26 points, including a one-handed rebound jam with 11.1 seconds to play, and host Phoenix rallied from 21 points down to end a six-game skid.

Nuggets 103, Heat 99: Nikola Jokic had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his fourth triple-double of the season, and his basket with 2.4 seconds left put West-leading Denver ahead to stay in Miami.

Raptors 104, Hawks 101: Serge Ibaka scored the winning basket with 17 seconds left and Toronto won its sixth straight home game. Kawhi Leonard had 31 points for the Raptors.

Timberwolves 119, Thunder 117: Andrew Wiggins had a season-high 40 points and 10 rebounds, and visiting Minnesota won in Ryan Saunders’ first game as interim head coach. Russell Westbrook (25 points, 16 assists) missed two three-point tries in the closing seconds that would have given the Thunder the lead. Thunder center Nerlens Noel was taken off the court on a stretcher in the third quarter after being struck in the face by Wiggins’ elbow on a dunk attempt.

Pacers 123, Cavaliers 115: Thaddeus Young scored 26 points, Bojan Bogdanovic had 23 and Indiana handed host Cleveland its 10th straight loss.

76ers 132, Wizards 115: Landry Shamet had eight three-pointers and 29 points, both career highs, and Joel Embiid had 20 points and 10 rebounds for host Philadelphia.

Clippers 128, Hornets 109: Lou Williams had 27 points and 10 assists, and Los Angeles beat Charlotte for the ninth straight time at Staples Center. Montrezl Harrell added 23 points and 11 rebounds, Tobias Harris had 23 points in the Clips’ third straight win.

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