The Dallas Mavericks have received their replacement starting Center after the Dwight Powell Achilles injury in the first quarter of a game against the Clippers. Powell shot 71.6% on two-point attempts before his injury sidelined him for the rest of this season and a lot of the next as well.
Cauley-Stein signed with the Warriors in the hopes of being a starting Center on a playoff team. With the injuries to Curry and Klay and the departure of Durant, this season appears to be a wash for the Warriors. With Kevon Looney in the lineup and them having their sights on drafting big man James Wiseman, there wasn’t really room for Cauley-Stein in Golden State past this season. Golden State receives Utah’s 2020 Second Round pick. The pick is nothing of note, but they do get a young player that could develop into a solid role player for when the Splash Brothers eventually comes to an end. They also clear up another roster spot. Although they may not contend this year, Golden State may well have some trade-deadline plans this season to acquire some assets as many speculate that D’Angelo Russell will be on the move this season.
Dallas is more than happy with this trade. With the loss of Dwight Powell they were in desperate need of another big man. Though he has not been as efficient as Powell, the 26 year-old Center still has been averaging 7.9 points per game on 56% shooting. He is also one of the better defensive players in the league averaging 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. He will be a great interior defensive partner along with Kristaps Porzingis. Dallas is looking to make a playoff run this year and Willie is the perfect fit for this team. Dallas may end up being dangerous this season. We’ll see if Cauley-Stein relishes in Dallas.