The details of Willie Cauley-Stein’s contract with the Golden State Warriors have been revealed. According to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Cauley-Stein received a two-year deal worth $4.4 million.
Cauley-Stein will have a player option in the second year of the deal.
Sources: Center Willie Cauley-Stein’s contract with the Golden State Warriors: Two years and $4.4M, with a player option in the second season.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 10, 2019
The player option is nice for Cauley-Stein, who got a much smaller deal than was expected in free agency. In an offseason where Frank Kaminsky, Enes Kanter, and Robin Lopez all got about $5 million per year, it was surprising that Cauley-Stein barely got the minimum.
However, according the San Francisco Chronicle’s Connor Letourneau, the four-year veteran did have some bigger offers. But they weren’t of the magnitude he was hoping for, so he took a discount to join a good situation.
If he has a good year in Golden State, Cauley-Stein can opt out and cash a bigger paycheck elsewhere. Then again, if he struggles or suffers an injury, he has the security of a second year that he can opt into.
The Warriors will rely heavily on Cauley-Stein this season. Shortly after signing him, they traded Damian Jones for power forward Omari Spellman. With that move, Cauley-Stein and Kevon Looney are the only true centers on the Warriors roster.