The Warriors Want Pat McCaw Back, But ‘like Any Player, We Would Tell Him…’
As a rookie in 2016-17, Pat McCaw appeared in 71 games (20 starts) and averaged 4.0 points. He shot over 43 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from deep.
Last season, McCaw appeared in 57 games (10 starts) and averaged 4.0 points, but he shot below 41 percent overall and below 24 percent from deep.
The 22-year old will soon become a restricted free agent and his future with the Warriors is up in the air.
"We love Pat and we really hope he's back," assistant GM Kirk Lacob said on KNBR 680 on Monday morning. "We'll see how this process plays out.
"Like any player, we would tell him: 'This is about you and your life. It's not about us. We really hope you come back and we're going to offer you a contract, but go find out what's best for you. Figure out what out there really makes you tick and what you want.'
McCaw made about $543,000 as a rookie and then $1.3 million in Year 2.
Last summer, there was a lot of talk of McCaw having a breakout season in 2017-18 and becoming too expensive for the Warriors long-term.
But he took a step back and may have to settle for a minimum deal.
Even if he receives more lucrative offers, "Ultimately, we will have matching rights and we can make that decision," Lacob said. "I'm just excited for Pat and his chance to feel out the market; find his place in the basketball world.
"But we really do hope he's back. We really like the guy a lot."
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller