NBA to talk with McCaw representatives in probe of Cavs

Shooting guard Patrick McCaw played just 18 minutes with the Cavaliers before being waived.

NBA officials will speak to Patrick McCaw’s representatives Thursday, as the league begins an investigation centered on McCaw and the Cavaliers, according to Mark Medina of the San Jose Mercury News.

The NBA is trying to find out if there was any wrongdoing when the Cavs signed McCaw to a deal in late December, when McCaw was a restricted free agent with the Golden State Warriors. The contract was for two years and $6 million, but the Cavs gave themselves an out and waived McCaw after just three games.

He reportedly reached a deal with the Eastern Conference-contending Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.

If the Cavs and McCaw arranged to waive McCaw before the contract was official, it would be a violation of league rules and could result in some dire consequences.Namely, the Cavs could be fined and be lose their first-round pick.

With the way things have been going for the Cavs, that could be the first pick in the entire draft.

But the investigation is just getting started and while one NBA official characterized the league as “strongly suspicious,” actual guilt may be hard to prove.

“Cleveland may have found the terms enticing so (it) could evaluate a young wing player without any risk,” Medina wrote. “With McCaw averaging only 1.7 points on 22.2 percent shooting in 17.7 minutes through three games, the Cavaliers then waived McCaw on Sunday to sign free-agent guard Cameron Payne to a 10-day contract.

“The Cavaliers also do not benefit from Toronto acquiring a 22-year-old wing player that could add bench dept amid its hopes to make an NBA championship run.”