Mavericks: 5 players who might have played their final game with Mavs

Tyler Watts
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Player that might have played final game with Dallas Mavericks: 5. Willie Cauley-Stein

Cauley-Stein has a player option for next season at $2.3 million. Remember, he signed the two-year deal with the Golden State Warriors in 2019 and came to Dallas in a mid-season trade. Cauley-Stein never founding his footing with the Mavs. He averaged just 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 12.1 minutes per over 13 games. Trill opted out of the restart for personal reasons.

Cauley-Stein is making about $0.5 million over the minimum for a player with his service time. He would be risking losing that by opting out. WCS will sign with an organization, but what team and for how much are questions marks. Most of the teams with cap space are rebuilding. Trill wants to win and play his first NBA playoff games.

There will be a crunch for minutes if he opts in. The Mavericks traded for Cauley-Stein after Dwight Powell’s season-ending Achilles injury, but Powell will be healthy next season. The Mavs also have Kristaps Porzingis, Maxi Kleber, and Boban Marjanovic hungry for playing time at the five. It will almost certainly mean Cauley-Stein is a DNP-CD on some nights. Would he be happy with that reduced role?

Willie Cauley-Stein could opt out and sign elsewhere this offseason. Expect him to make his decision shortly after the NBA Finals, so stay tuned.

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