The Mavericks have acquired Willie Cauley-Stein from the Warriors in exchange for a 2020 second round draft pick initially belonging to Utah.
The move comes after the season ending injury of Dwight Powell, rupturing his right Achilles tendon against the Clippers just 3 days ago.
Initially, it looked as if the Mavericks would pursue ex-DPOY Joakim Noah and numerous other options from the G-League.
Cauley-Stein will help solidify the starting 5 in Powell’s absence.
Cauley-Stein was signed by the Golden State Warriors in the offseason to a 2-year $4.46 million contract after leaving the Sacramento Kings, where he spent his first 4 seasons. He was touted as an athletic centre with the ability to protect the rim and be an effective pick-and-roll player.
This season in Golden State, however, he has shown an apparent regression from his days in Sac-Town. Putting up just 7.9 ppg and 6.2 rpg in 23 minutes a game, this season has definitely been a disappointment for the young centre, but the 26-year-old may thrive in a system that is not riddled with injuries and playing alongside a player such as Luka will be a definite positive for him and the Mavs.
For the Warriors, this move allows them to free up some cap space whilst not taking any other contracts on board. The Warriors have been interested in converting Ky Bowman’s deal from a 2-way contract to a standard contract, and this move will help them to do so.
It will be interesting to see if the Mavericks can make a push to the playoffs with Cauley-Stein starting at the 5-spot.