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Mavs center Willie Cauley-Stein calls playing with Warriors stars a ‘blessing’

Willie Cauley-Stein, Mavs, Warriors

The Golden State Warriors may have decided to trade Willie Cauley-Stein to the Dallas Mavericks recently, but the new Mavs big man has no ill feelings towards his former team.

In fact, even though Cauley-Stein spent only a few months as a member of the Warriors, he seems to have really cherished his time in the Bay Area as he was able to regularly interact with a slew of superstar-caliber players.

“It’s a blessing for real,” Cauley-Stein recently told Eddie Sefko of Mavs.com. “Being able to learn through Steph [Curry], Draymond [Green] and Klay [Thompson], how they approach the game, to come to a great situation like this and see it all have an effect, it’s gonna be fun.”

The 26-year-old big man spent just part of the 2019-20 regular season with the Warriors before being traded to the Mavs for a second-round pick. Originally selected by the Sacramento Kings with the No. 6 overall pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft out of Kentucky, the veteran center notably spent the first four seasons of his professional tenure with the Western Conference franchise.

Cauley-Stein went on to appear in 41 regular season games for the Warriors while starting 37 of those contests. Over the course of an even 23 minutes per game in that span, the former Kings standout averaged 7.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steal per outing.

It is also worth noting that Willie Cauley-Stein has yet to appear in a game as a member of the Mavs.