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Willie Cauley-Stein is ‘Getting Pretty Close’ to Making Warriors Debut



The Golden State Warriors signed former Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein to a two-year, $4.4 million deal back in July as the franchise tries to recoup its losses after Klay Thompson tore his ACL, Kevin Durant moved to Brooklyn, and DeMarcus Cousins took another short-term deal, this time with the Lakers. Unfortunately, WCS missed all of training camp with a foot injury that saw him show up to Media Day in a walking boot.

However, Cauley-Stein could make his season debut for the Warriors any day now. According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, the seven-footer is “getting pretty close” to making a return and has recently been scrimmaging with the Warriors G League affiliate in Santa Cruz.

This news couldn’t come at a better time for Warriors fans, either.

After starting the season with two blowout losses, the Warriors recovered against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday and Golden State now currently sits at 1-2 early in the season. The expectation has always been that Cauley-Stein would make his return sometime during the first couple of weeks in November and it seems that he is still on that timeline.

The Warriors have been funneling frontcourt minutes to Eric Paschall, Omari Spellman, and Marquese Chriss to play alongside Draymond Green and the results have been about as gross as you might think. While those three have done a solid job in their roles, they simply aren’t anywhere as talented as Cauley-Stein, who will be a great pick-and-roll partner for Steph Curry and D’Angelo Russell along with being a force on the glass. Those three are also vastly undersized and Cauley-Stein would immediately be the tallest and longest player on the active roster. WCS and injured center Kevon Looney should both make immediate and noticeable impacts on this roster once they return.

If Cauley-Stein does return during the upcoming homestead for Golden State, that means he could make his season debut either Oct. 30 against the Phoenix Suns, Nov. 1 against the San Antonio Spurs, Nov. 2 against the Charlotte Hornets, or Nov. 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers. If I were Drew Franklin, I’d bet he returns during that third home game against the Hornets. Easing Cauley-Stein into the season facing the likes of Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo will be much less intimidating than LaMarcus Aldridge (Spurs) or Hassan Whiteside (Trail Blazers), so that should be a good target date for him. My only worry is that Cauley-Stein might rush himself back into game action without being 100 percent healthy as the Warriors frontcourt struggles continue.

Get back soon, Cauley-Stein.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

19 Comments for Willie Cauley-Stein is ‘Getting Pretty Close’ to Making Warriors Debut

  1. 4everUKBlue
    10:23 pm October 29, 2019 Permalink

    Meanwhile Herro had 29 points off the bench…Well I’ll bet you he’s gonna be a big star, might win an oscar you can never tell…

    • Bluehender
      10:57 pm October 29, 2019 Permalink

      …Cause he can play the part so well..I saw most of that 4ever. Cam Reddish could not guard him. He’s a bucket..

    • 4everUKBlue
      11:33 pm October 29, 2019 Permalink

      Looking at the stats, Reddish couldn’t hit sh!t, something like 2-10 and 0-5 from 3pt.

    • 4everUKBlue
      11:38 pm October 29, 2019 Permalink

      Judging from the highlights, Herro was unstoppable Bluehender.

    • Bluehender
      7:38 am October 30, 2019 Permalink

      He looked like a seasoned veteran out there 4ever, picking his spots and swinging the ball, not forcing anything. He’s gonna be a star

    • 4everUKBlue
      8:42 am October 30, 2019 Permalink

      I saw the same thing from watching the highlights and I agree, he is going to be a star.

  2. lexattorney
    10:52 pm October 29, 2019 Permalink

    I found it absolutely laughable that ESPoN just had to use the highlight of Cam Reddish dunking over Herro when he had a paltry 6 points. I guess that will help them sleep tonight since their dUKie got abused for 47 3/4 minutes lol

    • 4everUKBlue
      11:36 pm October 29, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah Zion not taking dUKe to the promised land ruined their fairytale last season.

    • Slam242424
      12:08 am October 30, 2019 Permalink

      Cam is averaging 3 points per game.

      Tonight he doubled his average with taking 10 shots to do it. 2 for 10! HE LOOKED LIKE A ROOKIE!

  3. Newtype
    11:19 pm October 29, 2019 Permalink

    I’m ready for the big Willie resurgence.

  4. lexattorney
    11:23 pm October 29, 2019 Permalink


  5. Slam242424
    12:06 am October 30, 2019 Permalink

    Question is, is this the same writer who pretty much said Herro was out of control and looked like a rookie one game ago?

    Herro just scored nearly the most points as a Miami rookie since Dwayne Wade missing by only point.


    • Newtype
      8:48 am October 30, 2019 Permalink

      It is and guess what? Herro played like shit that game. It’s okay to say it fanboys. He’s not going to forsake you or whatever you’re afraid of.

    • 4everUKBlue
      9:03 am October 30, 2019 Permalink

      All players play like shit some games New, go back to you dumpster fire.

    • Newtype
      9:58 am October 30, 2019 Permalink

      Lol I kind of made that gibberish out. Not sure what dumpster fire you’re referring to. I’m just a UK fan with actual perspective. Crazy I know.

    • Zack Geoghegan
      10:23 am October 30, 2019 Permalink

      I am the same writer, yes. Because, believe it or not, players can have bad games then good games. Watch more basketball.

  6. Bluehender
    6:57 am October 30, 2019 Permalink

    I thought Herro looked like a seasoned veteran last night. He missed free throws, which is uncharacteristic for him. But he was picking his spots really well. I saw him shaking hands with Vince Carter after the game. We tease each other where I work about living the dream. He is actually doing just that..

  7. 4everUKBlue
    9:01 am October 30, 2019 Permalink

    AD had 40 points, 20 rebounds,2 assists and 2 blocks last night. LA fans lovin’ them some AD.

    • Bluehender
      9:51 am October 30, 2019 Permalink

      I heard about that. Someone said he did it in 3 quarters