Dallas Mavericks free agency grade: Re-sign Willie Cauley-Stein
The Dallas Mavericks had an eventful and hectic offseason. At this time last week, everyone was wondering what GM Donnie Nelson and company had up their sleeves. Could the Mavs grab a third star? Would they add the pieces to jump into title contention? Dallas decided to fill holes to improve this offseason.
They pulled off two separate trades to upgrade their defense and toughness by acquiring Josh Richardson and James Johnson. The Mavericks also drafted three talented young players before signing Wesley Iwundu. Coach Rick Carlisle wants them to be a top ten defense, and the improvements should help the Mavs reach that goal in 2021.
Dallas Mavericks re-sign Willie Cauley-Stein
The Mavs traded for Cauley-Stein in January after Dwight Powell suffered a season-ending Achilles injury. The 27-year-old never quite found his footing in Dallas. He struggled to get consistent minutes, but the organization was intrigued by and believed in his skill set.
Cauley-Stein declined a $2.286 million player option this offseason with the Mavericks. He wanted more money on the open market, and the veteran big man found it. The second season of his new deal is a team option that allows Dallas to keep their cap space open if necessary.
Trill is back in Dallas, and fans should see the best version yet. Let us look at his fit and contract before handing out a grade for the Dallas Mavericks re-signing Willie Cauley-Stein this offseason.