REPORT: Warriors trade Willie Cauley-Stein to Mavs
Golden State is finalizing a deal to trade C Willie Cauley-Stein to Dallas, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 24, 2020
Cauley-Stein, 26, signed a two-year $4.5 million contract with the Warriors as a free agent in the past summer after four seasons with the nearby northern California franchise Sacramento Kings. The Kings had selected the former Kentucky Wildcat with the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Cauley-Stein has averaged 7.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game with the Warriors during the 2019-20 season, appearing in 41 games and making 37 starts. He has shot 56.0% from the field and 61.4% from the free throw line.
The Mavericks executed this trade on the same day they dealt forward Isaiah Roby to the Oklahoma City Thunder for G League center Justin Patton. Dallas had their starting center Dwight Powell go down this week with a season-ending Achilles tendon rupture.
Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle mentioned the new reality for Dallas after Powell went down earlier today.
“We have a new reality without Dwight, and it’s going to require a togetherness and a real understanding of who we’ve got to be, and that is an attacking team that’s skilled, but defensively we’ve got to do it collectively,” said Carlisle after the 133-125 win, according to Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News.
Cauley-Stein should bolster the Mavs’ froncourt depth as Luka Doncic and company continue their pursuit of the Western Conference playoffs.