Warriors

Warriors

The Warriors have started to make moves, and Willie Cauley-Stein is the first to go.

Golden State officially traded the center to the Dallas Mavericks for a 2020 second-round draft pick Saturday morning. 

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the trade Friday afternoon. 

The trade of Cauley-Stein gives the Warriors salary cap space and roster flexibility, and the ability to convert one of their two-way players, Ky Bowman or Marquese Chriss, to a guaranteed contract.

Before the trade was official Friday, Cauley-Stein took to Twitter to thank Warriors fans and used the Mavericks' hashtag.

D'Angelo Russell posted a photo on his Instagram Stories, shouting out Cauley-Stein.

With the Warriors out of the playoff race, it makes sense for them to trade some of their players for future assets. Cauley-Stein likely is just the first to go. Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III are two other Warriors players that could be dealt before the Feb. 6 NBA trade deadline.

Cauley-Stein signed a two-year, $4.46 million contract with the Warriors last offseason. The second year of the deal is a player option, so he could stick around in Dallas next season.

Dallas was in need of a center after their starter, Dwight Powell, ruptured his Achilles tendon earlier this week.

 

In 41 games with the Warriors, Cauley-Stein averaged 7.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks.

Now that Cauley-Stein is out of the picture, expect Chriss and Omari Spellman to receive the majority of minutes at center. Draymond Green could also slide over and pick up some minutes at the position.