Rumors: Former Mavericks center Willie Cauley-Stein to sign with 76ers

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The Dallas Mavericks waived Willie Cauley-Stein to sign Marquese Chriss on Jan. 15. Trill had not played since Nov. 27 and had been away from the team dealing with a personal matter, while being on an expiring contract. Chriss came in on a hardship deal and played so well that the Mavs signed him to a two-year pact.

Cauley-Stein came to Dallas in Jan. 2020 for a second-round pick. The Mavericks needed another big man after Dwight Powell went down with an Achilles injury. Trill played in just 13 games before the pandemic halted play, and he was unable to join his team in the bubble. Cauley-Stein played 84 games over parts of three seasons with the Mavs where he averaged 4.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game as primarily a backup center.

Willie Cauley-Stein is getting another NBA opportunity, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark. He is rumored to be joining the Sixers on a ten-day contract after the All-Star break. Here is a look at his new opportunity and what to expect from Trill in the City of Brotherly Love.

Rumors: Former Mavericks center Willie Cauley-Stein signs with Sixers

The Sixers shipped backup center Andre Drummond along with Ben Simmons and former Maverick Seth Curry to Brooklyn in the James Harden deal. Paul Millsap also came to Philly, but the 76ers need a backup big man that can fill in when Joel Embiid needs a rest.

The need coupled with open roster spots made available in the trade allowed the Sixers to sign Willie Cauley-Stein. They will benefit from his hustle. The Mavericks always rated well when Trill was on the floor, despite him making some head-scratching plays. Cauley-Stein gives Philadelphia depth at the five as they look to make a playoff run with their new superstar duo.

The Dallas Mavericks are looking to continue their hot play after the All-Star break. Superstar Luka Doncic is unstoppable right now, and fans won’t want to miss a second of the action, so please stay tuned.

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