The Warriors have started making moves, and Willie Cauley-Stein is the first to go
Ali Thanawalla | NBC SPORTS
The Warriors have started to make moves, and Willie Cauley-Stein is the first to go, as the center reportedly has been traded to the Mavericks.
The Warriors reportedly will acquire a 2020 second-round draft pick from Dallas for Cauley-Stein.
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.
With the Warriors out of the playoff race, it makes sense for them to trade some of their players for future assests. Cauley-Stein likely is just the first to go. Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III are the two other Warriors players that should 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 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 see a majority of the time at center. Draymond Green could also slide over and pick up some minutes at the center spot.