Mavs Acquire Willie Cauley-Stein From Warriors

JANUARY 25: The trade for Cauley-Stein is official, according to the Mavericks’ PR account (Twitter link). As expected, the team has waived Patton to open up the roster spot necessary to complete the deal.

JANUARY 24: The Mavericks are finalizing a deal to acquire center Willie Cauley-Stein from the Warriors, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets.

Golden State will receive a 2020 second-rounder from the Jazz, which Utah owed to Dallas, in return for the big man, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. The Warriors don’t own their own second-rounders from 2020-26 except for the 2022 draft, so this gives them another asset, Anthony Slater of The Athletic tweets.

The Mavericks will open up a roster spot once they complete a trade agreed upon with the Thunder in which they’ll receive center Justin Patton for forward Isaiah Roby and then waive Patton.

Dallas is using its $11.7MM trade exception to acquire Cauley-Stein acquired in the Harrison Barnes deal with the Kings last season. It’s needed since Cauley-Stein was signed with part of the non-tax mid-level exception, according to Marks (Twitter link). Golden State will get a $2.17MM trade exception out of the deal.

Dallas was seeking a rotation player to replace Dwight Powell, who suffered a season-ending Achilles injury. Cauley-Stein, who is making $2.18MM this season and holds a $2.29MM option on his contract for next season, fits that role at a modest cost. He’s averaging 7.9 PPG, 6.2 RPG and 1.2 BPG in 23.0 MPG for the Warriors.

The Warriors have plenty of monetary reasons to make this deal. The deal will save them $5.66MM on their luxury-tax bill, dropping it to $9.3MM, according to Bobby Marks of ESPN (Twitter link). Golden State, which will have two roster openings once the deal is completed, will also drop $2.57MM below the hard cap. The team will have two weeks to get back up to the league-mandated minimum of 14 players.

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34 thoughts on “Mavs Acquire Willie Cauley-Stein From Warriors

      • joparx

        Is there a good place that describes all the exceptions that come up in these trade agreements? I find all that very confusing with nba trades, why do they need this exception or that? Isn’t it just fit this guy under a salary cap or don’t?

    • hiflew

      No he wasn’t. I have followed UK basketball intensely since the days of Sam Bowie and Jim Master. In the three years he was at Kentucky, he was rarely anything more than the 3rd or 4th option. I was shocked when he was drafted as high as he was.

    • rugrat907

      Sounds like a 2nd round pick via Utah. So fairly late in the round. Still…an asset and Warriors don’t have to worry about Cauley-Stein picking up that player option for next year.

      • ChapmansVacuum

        Yeah knowing they can move on from him is probably the bigger asset since you can buy a late 2nd rounder for money usually.

    • x%sure

      Gary was denying that WCS learned anything from signing with GSW. WCS is probably better off now where Zingus thanks him for taking the 5 spot. Now can he connect with Doncic?

  1. Skip, Tampa

    Sounds like Patton, Cash, 2nd Jazz for WCS.
    Solid move for the Mavs. In fact it may be a bit of a upgrade on the cheap. Could resign on a new deal this summer as well.
    Warriors make out ok and save some Tax money.

  2. hobbie44

    An upgrade? WCS plays no defense. Did you see Rudy Gobert one him 2 days ago. He wanted nothing to do with Rudy.

    • udaman

      Draymond Green didn’t play any defense that night either.. that kind of stuff happens when you’re on a real bad team and you’re getting blown out.

      • ChapmansVacuum

        WCS gets regularly bullied inside by the bigger C anyone like Adams, KAT, Gobert they just have size and strength on him. He was shooting some little fade aways and stuff that gave him a few extra options.

        All I really have to say about WCS is his tattoos are so freaking ridiculous! Under eye tattoos and a grill mouthguard the dude is an original thats for sure. Gonna be hating his younger self when he’s like 55 though.

    • Chucktoad1

      Honestly who does want anything to do with Gobert when he’s rolling to the rim. Rudy is a big boy!

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Definitely not an upgrade, just a stop-gap, nothing more.

  3. Tazza

    Actually think WCS is a better player than Powell.
    Even goes on about his team friendly deal but the dudes 28 and is on 11 mil and gives you 9 points, 6 rebounds.
    WCS is 26, is on 2 mil and gives you 8 points and 6 rebounds in less minutes.
    And before you say something about defence WCS’s block numbers are TWICE Powell’s numbers and that’s in less minutes

    • Defense isn’t all blocks. Being a weak side shotblocker doesn’t indicate anything about on ball, p&r, help defense etc

    • ChapmansVacuum

      The problem with his defense is he gives up when he thinks he is beat and doesnt recover well. He is probably more dependent on his teamates where GSW running out like 8-9 guys a night with tons of games sans DLo and Dray. WCS is probably scoring less because of who has been feeding him a lot of the time.

      Just wait though for the first time he falls for a shot fake a little bit then just stands there arms at his side watching them slow mo shoot a 3.

  4. Strike Four

    GSW are trying to duck below the tax line, which would allow them to avoid the “repeater tax” this season and next season. Burks and GR3 are for sure goner in the next month. GSW replenish their draft picks so they can trade DLo plus for a big like Giannis, Simmons, Embiid or KAT, or maybe a mystery superstar who’s a better fit with the Splash Bros.

    • Bcatz11

      You think Dlo and a couple picks gets one of those players? That’s funny.

    • ChapmansVacuum

      They would only avoid it next season since the year after would be 2 of 3 unless they were under that year as well.

      They will use some of it to sign Bowman to a multi year rookie scale that will hit for like 1/3 of WCS. They will be able to give guys 10 day deals now as fill ins. Honestly I am not sure they can duck below the line without dealing GRIII, Burks, and Evans who I doubt anyone wants.

      GR and Burks are gonners. The offer is the same in July for them either way from GSW, and maybe with most teams lacking cap space they both take cheap deals, but keeping them wont likely increase the odds of that. GR maybe isnt going to bring back much and is likely enough to resign to just hang on to.

  5. phillyballers

    Now it makes sense. Patton is going to become one of those draft and stash guys that just gets traded forever.

  6. trigato

    It’s NBA in 21st Century. So W’s just need to find a star player within a year or two from free agency, one who’s willing to demand a trade while telling his current team he will not sign with anyone else. NBA where inmates run the asylum especially if the inmate is LeBron.

    • Players can demand a trade but at the end of the day its the team that eventually gives in. Teams are trading their superstars because getting something for them is better than letting them walk for nothing in free agency.

      And as far as I can remember, I don’t think there has really been a trade involving a superstar where the team giving up the star got trash back. Usually those deals have at least been respectable in the form of a bevy of picks or some combination of picks and young players. The only trades that come to mind that you might say were bad, and aren’t that bad in hindsight, were the Melo to the Knicks trade and the PG to the Thunder trade. But the Nuggets got back basically a whole rotation for Melo and the Pacers got Oladipo and Sabonis who have been two of the Pacers’ top players when healthy. Speaking of PG, the Thunder gambled on convincing PG to stay and that worked out for them. Yeah he ended up asking to get traded to LA in the end, but they still got a good haul back for him so I wouldn’t exactly call that a loss for them either.

    • Strike Four

      “where inmates run the asylum”

      You mean “where players are not slaves to billionaire white guys?”

      Really weird anti-player framing there, I mean are you saying Donald Sterling was good for the game? Because calling African Americans “your own personal slaves” is a thing you should be in prison forever for, not a goal the fans want.

      • Toadkiller

        Congratulations. That might be the dumbest statement ever entered on the internet!

      • hiflew

        Wow, just wow. It’s often you see someone arguing against slavery and arguing for putting someone in prison for saying fur words in the same sentence.

        AND neither of them have anything to do with the original comment.

        Kudos, dude.

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