Dallas Mavericks: Expect Willie Cauley-Stein to be back with the team
The Dallas Mavericks traded for Willie Cauley-Stein in January after Dwight Powell suffered a season-ending injury. Cauley-Stein was starting for the Warriors but had to adjust to a new role in Dallas. The 27-year-old was just finding his footing when play was suspended back in March.
That ended Cauley-Stein’s season. Trill opted out of the restart because of the birth of his daughter. His decision allowed the Mavericks to sign Trey Burke.
Cauley-Stein has a player option for next season at just over $2.28 million. Fans have been wondering if the seven-footer would be back with the Mavericks. Let us take a look at the latest.
Expect Willie Cauley-Stein to be back with the Dallas Mavericks
Cauley-Stein joined the Mavs Step Back Podcast last week where he discussed his upcoming decision. See his quote below.
“I haven’t really had a chance to discuss it with my agents because of the unknown of when the season is going to start and when free agency even is. So all these things are happening that nobody knows when they are happening. I feel like free agency is on standby and everything that goes along with it is too. There is really no information that we’ve gotten that has made me want to not be here. I’ve bought a house here.”
Cauley-Stein would later say he is going back to the facility to start working out soon. He also discussed how he is enjoying playing for Dallas because they are allowing him to embrace expanding his game. The Mavericks are encouraging Trill to shoot threes and do additional things on the offensive end of the floor.
Cauley-Stein also thinks he brings that toughness element that the Mavs lacked in the postseason. The 27-year-old is embracing that role too.
Fans should check out the entire interview with Cauley-Stein. It is well worth the time. He gives insights on his game, his time with the Kings, and so much more.
There is no official word yet, but Willie Cauley-Stein made it seem like he will be back with the Dallas Mavericks next season. It gives them a deep frontcourt with multiple options to go to depending on the matchup. Stay tuned to see how it all plays out.