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.
Golden State is finalizing a deal to trade C Willie Cauley-Stein to Dallas, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 24, 2020
Sources: Dallas is sending a Utah 2020 second-round pick to Golden State for Willie Cauley-Stein.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 24, 2020
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.