Willie Cauley-Stein traded from Warriors to Mavericks Larry Brown Sports

Carrie Guzman
January 25, 2020

It was only a matter of time before the Golden State Warriors made a move, and although this wasn't quite a blockbuster, the team surprisingly agreed to trade Willie Cauley-Stein to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday afternoon.

Cauley-Stein has started in 37 of the 41 games he has appeared in this season, posting averages of 7.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks.

The Mavericks are sending the Warriors a 2020 second-round pick via the Utah Jazz in return for the big man, Wojnarowski adds.

The Mavericks badly needed center depth after Dwight Powell's season-ending injury and even reached out to a familiar name before settling on a Cauley-Stein trade.

After spending his first four seasons with the Kings, Cauley-Stein signed with the Warriors this offseason on a two-year deal.

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According to ESPN's Bobby Marks, the Mavs are able to accommodate Cauley-Stein's contract by utilizing a trade exception initially acquired in their Harrison Barnes trade last season.

Golden State opens up a roster spot by trading Cauley-Stein and avoids a scenario where his player option remains on the books next season. They wouldn't have been able to on-board him otherwise since his deal is worth slightly more than the veteran's minimum.

The Warriors didn't wait until February 6 to begin unloading. Given that the team has always been interested in converting Ky Bowman's deal to a standard pact, this would allow them the funds and roster space to do so.

As a result, the Warriors enter play on January 24 at 10-36 - the worst record in the league.

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