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Report: Warriors sign Willie Cauley-Stein

Golden State is shoring up their center depth

New Orleans Pelicans v Sacramento Kings Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors are reportedly signing center Willie Cauley-Stein. The news was first reported by Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic, and later confirmed by Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Terms of the contract have not been released, but it is likely a veteran’s minimum, given that the Warriors have essentially no room left under the hard cap.

Cauley-Stein brings the Warriors some depth at the center position. Prior to the signing, Golden State only had two centers under contract - Damian Jones and Kevon Looney. They needed a third, and the 25-year old fits the bill. He’s durable and large (7’0”, 240 lbs), and can be a lob threat when paired with Steph Curry or D’Angelo Russell.

The former sixth overall pick spent his first four years with the Sacramento Kings. Last year he averaged 11.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game, while sporting a 56.6% true-shooting percentage.

UPDATE: ESPN’s Zach Lowe has reported that the deal is for “slightly above the minimum salary,” which has strong fiscal implications.