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.
I’m told Willie Cauley-Stein coming to the Warriors. Was Damian Jones that bad in the Summer League debut? Does that mean no DeMarcus Cousins?— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) July 2, 2019
Free agent center Willie Cauley-Stein has reached an agreement with the Golden State Warriors, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. @ThompsonScribe first.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 2, 2019
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.
Wow... Even a penny above the min is at least an extra $117K, for a team pressing against the hard cap.— Albert Nahmad (@AlbertNahmad) July 2, 2019