A new baby and a new contract; 2020 hasn’t been all bad for Willie Cauley-Stein.
The former Kentucky Wildcat and five-year NBA veteran has reportedly agreed to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks on a two-year, $8.2 million deal. The news was first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania, who also said that the second year will include a club option.
Team option on second season, sources said. Mavericks quietly received strong consideration from Marc Gasol since the start of free agency, but moved to re-sign Cauley-Stein today. https://t.co/OV8CcREFgP
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 22, 2020
Last season, Cauley-Stein jumped around the league a bit, starting the year with the Golden State Warriors before being traded to the Mavericks back in January. He had spent the first four seasons of his NBA career with the Sacramento Kings, but both sides ultimately decided to move on from each other following the conclusion of Cauley-Stein’s rookie contract. The 27-year-old was a member of the NBA’s All-Rookie Team during the 2015-16 season and had productive seasons with the Kings, but hasn’t quite found his footing since.
With the Mavs in 2019-20, WCS appeared in just 13 games, averaging 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 12.1 minutes per outing. Due to the birth of his first child, he did not make the trip with the rest of the team to attend the Orlando Bubble where the Mavericks would make it to the first round of the NBA Playoffs before falling to the Los Angeles Clippers.
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