A little over a week ago, Willie Cauley-Stein’s agent, Roger Montgomery, told Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee that the former Wildcat needed a “fresh start.”
“I really think Willie needs a fresh start,” Montgomery said. “Based on how things have gone for him there in Sacramento, I just think it’s time for Willie to move on and we’d really like him to move on.”
Now, Cauley-Stein will get his wish.
After extending a qualifying offer to the 7-foot center just two days ago to maintain his status as a restricted free agent, the Kings were forced to rescind that offer this morning to make room for the signing of point guard Cory Joseph, officially making Cauley-Stein an unrestricted free agent.
Sam Amick of The Athletic was the first to break the news.
Since being drafted No. 6 overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, Cauley-Stein has posted career averages of 10.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in four seasons as a King.
Last season, the former Wildcat posted a career-high 8.4 rebounds per contest to go with 11.9 points and 2.4 assists in 81 starts.