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Former Golden State Warriors guard Patrick McCaw set to join Toronto Raptors

Wednesday 9 January 2019 23:42, UK

Channing Frye #9 hi-fives Patrick McCaw #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game against the Utah Jazz on January 4, 2019 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
Image: Patrick McCaw is set to join the Toronto Raptors amid an NBA investigation into his signing with and release from the Cleveland Cavaliers

Former Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Patrick McCaw plans to sign with the Toronto Raptors, according to reports.

McCaw is a free agent after being waived by the Cavs on Sunday, a week after the Warriors declined to match an offer sheet to the 23-year-old, who was under their control as a restricted free agent.

Reports emerged Tuesday that - at the request of the Warriors - the NBA is investigating the circumstances of McCaw's signing and release in Cleveland, after the Cavaliers released him before his salary for the rest of the season could become guaranteed.

SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 31: Patrick McCaw #0 of the Golden State Warriors looks on during the game against the Sacramento Kings on March 31, 2018 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Image: McCaw won two championships during his time with the Golden State Warriors

Initial reports when McCaw was waived said the Cavs hoped to bring him back on a differently structured deal, but ESPN reported Wednesday that Toronto appears to be the two-time champion's destination.

The Warriors passed on matching Cleveland's two-year, $6m offer sheet to McCaw over luxury-tax concerns. How long the league's review will take has not been determined, nor is it clear what the Warriors might be seeking.

McCaw had five points and three rebounds in 53 minutes across three games for the Cavs, his only appearances this season.

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Playing for the Warriors in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, McCaw averaged 4.0 points in 128 regular-season appearances.

The Raptors (31-12) have the NBA's best record entering Wednesday night's fixtures.

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