Dallas Mavericks center Willie Cauley-Stein decided to opt-out of the NBA’s restart down in Orlando, but for good reason.
It was reported by The Athletic in June that the former Kentucky Wildcat was forgoing the restart at Walt Disney World, as he was expecting the birth of a child in July with his partner. Well, on Tuesday, a mini version of WCS was introduced into the world.
07-07-2020 A Legend was born ?
— Willie Trill Cauley-Stein (@THEwillieCS15) July 7, 2020
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 25, 2020
The decision was likely an easy one for Cauley-Stein, but one that didn’t exactly cut him any slack. Raising a child down in a nationwide hotspot for the coronavirus while being locked under strict supervision and quarantine isn’t even close to an ideal situation.
However, according to NBC Sports Dan Feldman, WCS is going to miss out on at least $188,000, and that number could reach as high as $329,000 depending on how far the Mavericks make it into the playoffs. Normally, players aren’t deducted pay for missing time due to the birth of a child, but the unique circumstances are unfortunately going to cost him.
If Cauley-Stein were on one of the eight franchises that didn’t make the cut for the Orlando restart, he would have been paid his money, which seems backward. But I like to think that he’s content being in a safe environment with his new kid and partner.
Dallas traded for the 26-year old seven-footer back in January, acquiring him from the Golden State Warriors. Cauley-Stein appeared in only 13 games for the Mavs this season, averaging 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 12.1 minutes per outing.
A Legend Was Born.