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Toronto Raptors guard Patrick McCaw’s unceremonious and unusual departure from the Golden State Warriors last fall was a mystery that baffled many.
McCaw turned down multiple contract offers from the team prior to the start of the regular season, and reportedly ignored multiple teammates who reached out to speak with him. While speaking to The Undefeated earlier this week, the shooting guard finally explained his thought process during the messy breakup with the Warriors.
“I could say it was playing time, but I think it was just me being emotional as a kid,” McCaw said of why he wanted to leave. “I just wanted more. Not necessarily more playing time, but more opportunity for myself. I’m not discrediting the Warriors and what they chose to do. I just think being a young kid, you see all the younger guys competing and doing their thing and you feel like, ‘OK, I’m just that kid, or I could be doing exactly what he’s doing.’ “
After McCaw turned down the Warriors’ contract offers, he remained a free agent until January 2019 when the Cleveland Cavaliers signed him to an offer sheet that the Warriors declined to match. Cleveland released McCaw after he appeared in just three games for the team.
McCaw then signed with the Toronto Raptors and has played sparingly for them this season. The NBA Finals will be the first time he faces the Warriors in his professional career.
The shooting guard added that once he missed the Warriors’ preseason, he reached the point of no return.
“Maybe I could just go back and finish, just go back for a year, see what happens, see where it took me,” he said. “I just felt like once it got past preseason, I was just adamant about not going back. I was just stuck right there.”
You can read McCaw’s full interview with The Undefeated here.
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