The Dallas Mavericks traded for Willie Cauley-Stein in January 2020 after Dwight Powell suffered a season-ending injury. His work ethic was the reason they re-signed him in the offseason. Cauley-Stein was a solid backup big man for the Mavs this season.
The team has a $4.2 million option to retain the 27-year-old big man. He has talked about enjoying his time in Dallas. Expect Trill to want to be back next season. The decision will hinge on how the Mavericks front office decides to use their cap space as they attempt to improve their roster.
The Mavs were bounced in the first round of the playoffs by the LA Clippers. They lost Game 7 on June 6, but Cauley-Stein is not taking a vacation. The seven-footer is already back in the gym improving his game. Here is a look at his latest workout videos and what fans can expect from Trill next season.
Dallas Mavericks big man Willie Cauley-Stein is already working on his game
The Mavs lost Game 7 on a Sunday and Cauley-Stein was back in the gym working with personal trainer Tyler Relph on Monday. The 27-year-old is not taking any time off. See the highlights from his first day here.
Trill continues to work on his ball-handling and jumper. He attempted 11 of his 30 career 3-pointers this season, but only hit one. The 27-year-old has talked about expanding his shooting range. Expect that to be a focus this offseason.
It was not a one-off for Cauley-Stein. He was right back to work on Tuesday. See the video below.
The Dallas Mavericks are motivated by their first-round exit. Willie Cauley-Stein is not the only one getting back to work quickly. Luka Doncic, Boban Marjanovic, Dwight Powell, and Nicolo Melli are set to start training with their national teams next week. Maxi Kleber has not decided about joining Germany, but he will be back on the court when healthy.
It is an important offseason for the Dallas Mavericks. The current roster is committed to improving. Will the front office add some upgrades? Stay tuned to find out.