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Mavs’ Willie Cauley-Stein expected to return vs. Bulls

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After missing the last four games due to a personal issue, Dallas Mavericks center Willie Cauley-Stein is expected to make his return to the team on Monday as the Mavs set to face off against the Chicago Bulls.

While Cauley-Stein will return to the team and be in uniform, there is no guarantee that he will play any minutes against Chicago as he works to get back into the swing of things per Mavs.com reporter Dwain Price.

After spending the first half of the season with the Golden State Warriors, the seven-foot center was acquired by the Mavs in January in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick.

As a replacement to injured starting center Dwight Powell, Cauley-Stein has played just 12.3 minutes per contest as he settles in with his new team.

Playing in nine games and making two starts, the former top 10 pick is averaging 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while shooting 67.6 percent from the field for Dallas.

The Mavericks may also be without second-year superstar Luka Doncic who is listed as day-to-day with an apparent thumb injury and 23-year-old point guard Jalen Brunson who suffered a torn labrum at the end of February.

As a team, the Mavs are in the thick of playoff contention in the Western Conference. At 37-24, Dallas currently ranks as the seventh seed in the West.