He’s on track to help them defend it.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will exercise their 2016-17 team option on guard Jordan McRae, league sources informed cleveland.com.
McRae’s salary ($874,636) is still only partially guaranteed, according to Haynes.
On one hand, Cleveland locks up a player on a minimum salary. That’s nice for a team facing a monstrous luxury-tax bill.
On the other hand, the Cavs are now committed to paying a fringe player some money. If they waive him later, his guaranteed salary will increase their tax.
It’s only Dan Gilbert’s money. The Cavaliers are better off with McRae off the market. They can always let him go later. If the owner is willing to accept that cost, there’s no downside.