When the NBA heads to Orlando next month, former Kentucky star Willie Cauley-Stein will not be joining his teammates.
This afternoon, Shams Charania of The Athletic broke the news that the Dallas Mavericks center has decided to sit out the resumed season, as his girlfriend is expecting a child in July.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 25, 2020
Cauley-Stein becomes the fourth NBA player to sit out when the league resumes at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando next month.
Davis Bertans of the Washington Wizards, Trevor Ariza of the Portland Trail Blazers, and Avery Bradley of the Los Angeles Lakers have all announced they will not be returning to the floor this season.
After being traded to Dallas back in January, Cauley-Stein averaged 7.9 points and 6.2 rebounds in 14 games with the Mavericks. The former Wildcat has a player option worth $2.28 million for next season, leaving the door open for a potential return to Dallas.
The Mavericks are currently the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference and boast a seven-game lead over the No. 8 seed Memphis Grizzlies.