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REPORT: Willie Cauley-Stein Traded to Dallas Mavericks

(Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

The first domino of the BBNBA trade season has fallen.

According to multiple reports, Willie Cauley-Stein is being traded from the Golden State Warriors to the Dallas Mavericks. In return, Dallas is sending a 2020 second-round draft pick that originally came via the Utah Jazz.

The 26-year old, five-year veteran had spent the previous four seasons as a member of the Sacramento Kings, who drafted him with the sixth overall pick back in the 2015 NBA Draft. In the wake of an apparent falling out with the organization, Cauley-Stein decided to test his luck on the open market where he ultimately finalized a short-term, minimum deal with the Warriors worth $4.4 million over two years with a player option in the final season.

Through 41 games as a Warrior, WCS averaged 7.9 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 56 percent from the field. Compared to his most recent season in Sacramento, his numbers have cratered across the board as the Warriors continue to plummet to the bottom of the standings (however, he is one of just 10 players this year to average more than one block and one steal per game). No Steph Curry and no Klay Thompson have derailed Golden State’s season and they saw an easy way to snag a draft pick out of a player the probably weren’t going to keep next year anyways.

The Mavericks were in dire need of a replacement center following the unfortunate Achilles tear that Dwight Powell suffered a few days ago, effectively ending his season. The 28-year old Powell was having his best year to date and was heavily featured next to Luka Doncic as they’ve created the most lethal offense in the Association. His void is going to be difficult to fill for the 28-16 Mavericks.

Cauley-Stein’s role is going to be entirely different than it was with the Warriors. He’ll be running pick-and-rolls until his legs fall off. The Mavericks are legitimately good and WCS will be expected to contribute in a positive way right out of the gate. It’s going to be an excellent opportunity to try and earn a sizable, long-term contract this coming summer.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

12 Comments for REPORT: Willie Cauley-Stein Traded to Dallas Mavericks

  1. JASUN74
    6:50 pm January 24, 2020 Permalink

    First of all, I Love Willy, he’s a hard nosed player and has a tremendous upside on the right team. Secondly, He should’ve kept his butt in Sac town!! They loved him there and he was playing great as a individual and the team was improving by leaps and bounds!! There was finally a Buss with the Kinga and they were one of the funnest teams to watch all of last year.

    If is a shame when someone starts getting the big head and think they’re better than a team. Again, I love William and I wish he’d have just stayed with the Kings , but Willy in Dallas is Awesome!! He can make a difference there and actually be on a great team and be a big part of it. Keep working hard Willy and this could be the best thing that’s ever happened to you if you’ll let it. Get to work!!

    • michaelb
      10:27 am January 25, 2020 Permalink


    • catdaddyd
      2:13 pm January 25, 2020 Permalink

      Dallas got a steal. 2nd round pick and a league minimum salary to WCS.

  2. eyebleedblue
    7:22 pm January 24, 2020 Permalink

    Remember when he disappeared in the 2015 tourney, good times.

  3. MississippiBlue
    9:13 pm January 24, 2020 Permalink

    The kings went a backed up the bread truck for Dewayne Dedmond when the could have offered WCS a long term contract! I don’t blame him one bit for leaving that cesspool off an organization. They failed to surround Big Cuz with talent and they’ll let down Fox too.

  4. Newtype
    10:19 pm January 24, 2020 Permalink

    Damn. Dude never even got to play with the real warriors.

  5. CJKAssassin123
    5:41 am January 25, 2020 Permalink

    Warriors got trade raped!

    • ryan1723
      8:15 am January 25, 2020 Permalink

      So the warriors shed a contract that included a player option they have no control over, when they’re already paying a tax. They shed a player that’s not even managing double digits on the most depleted roster in the league, they don’t have to package a pick to do it and in fact get a draft pick back that will cost them nothing on the tax line and this is equal to the most physically and psychologically damaging thing that can happen to a person? Good call.

  6. Aar
    7:38 am January 25, 2020 Permalink

    I can’t see this as anything other than a positive for WCS. He’s getting the opportunity to earn minutes on a contender. It will escalate his value if successful. If not, he has his option for next season. Curry and Thompson both have game altering injuries and the Warriors will not go straight back to contention upon their return without a talent infusion.