Ranking Dallas Mavericks offseason moves: 7. Pick up WCS option
The Mavs signed Willie Cauley-Stein to a two-year deal worth $8.2 million in Nov. 2020, but the second season was a team option. Entering the offseason, there was some question if they would pick it up. Cauley-Stein played a total of 63 minutes in the playoffs, and the Mavericks were outscored by 27 points with him on the floor.
The team’s new front office did bring Trill back, and he will make $4.1 million next season before becoming an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2022. Cauley-Stein is the 38th highest-paid center by average annual value, according to Spotrac. It is a bargain deal that gives the Mavs flexibility.
The problem with bringing back Cauley-Stein is Dallas has too many centers on their roster. Kristaps Porzingis and Dwight Powell should play the majority of their minutes at the five. The Mavericks also added two other centers this offseason. There is no way new head coach Jason Kidd can fit them all into his rotation, so Dallas has depth but players will be unhappy every night.
The Dallas Mavericks picking up Willie Cauley-Stein’s team option was the least flashy move of the offseason. It went unnoticed by most casual fans. It was by no means a bad move, but consider it their worst of the summer.