The Warriors got one of the best values of the draft with Patrick McCaw at No. 38. I rated him in the 12-19 range.
He’s the exact type of player positioned to cash in this year – a second-round pick with some first-round credentials.
But McCaw isn’t exactly taking advantage of the opportunity.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:
The Warriors might need every available dollar to chase Kevin Durant. They’ll already have to unload salary to create max space. So, I can see why it was particularly important for them to lock him into a low-paying deal. This won’t cost them any cap space, because McCaw will just replace a roster charge that also counted against the cap at the rookie minimum. (He can sign a minimum deal as soon as July 1.)
But why did McCaw rush to accept this deal?
He might prefer two guaranteed seasons to the required tender, a one-year offer teams must extend to keep rights on a second-round pick that is always for the minimum and fully unguaranteed. Wanting two guaranteed seasons rather than the risk of the tender is perfectly reasonable.
But McCaw might have gotten a higher guaranteed salary later if he pushed for it. If the Warriors are out of cap space after signing Durant, no – McCaw is stuck with the minimum then. But they’re no lock to sign Durant or any other big-time free agent. They might have money left over after assembling the roster. At that point, McCaw could’ve asked for more. Would Golden State have pulled the offer available now? I doubt it.