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Patrick McCaw will face the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals as a member of the Toronto Raptors, and it took a whole lot of drama to get to this point.
McCaw refused to return to the Warriors after the conclusion of the 2017-2018 season, and had a brief stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers before signing with Toronto.
Here is a timeline of how we got here with McCaw.
– June 2018: The Warriors won the 2018 NBA Finals, and the Warriors extended McCaw a qualifying offer of $1.7 million. McCaw told The Undefeated earlier this week he knew immediately after winning the Finals he didn’t want to be back.
– July-August 2018: McCaw refused to sign the Warriors’ qualifying offer, and no other team signed him to an offer sheet. The shooting guard remained a restricted free agent throughout the entire summer.
– September 2018: McCaw continued to refuse to sign the qualifying offer and didn’t report to the Warriors’ training camp. He missed the entire preseason.
– October 2018: The qualifying offer expired, and the Warriors offered him a two-year contract worth $5 million instead. McCaw turned this one down as well, and several of his Warriors teammates voiced concerns that something else might be going on.
-December 2018: McCaw signed an offer sheet with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Warriors opted not to match it. McCaw played three games with Cleveland before getting released in January.
-January 2019: McCaw signed with the Toronto Raptors.
-May-June 2019: McCaw faces the Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals.
While speaking to The Undefeated before the NBA Finals, McCaw said being “emotional as a kid” is what prompted him to leave the Warriors.
“I could say it was playing time, but I think it was just me being emotional as a kid,” he said. “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.’ “
The shooting guard has yet to receive his championship ring from the 2018 season, and said he doesn’t expect to receive it during one of the Warriors’ home games during the NBA Finals.
He will be a free agent again after the season.
This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Patrick-McCaw-Warriors-departure-Raptors-contract-13901659.php.