The Dallas Mavericks had been rumored to be interested in acquiring a center via trade ahead of the NBA trade deadline, with names like Andre Drummond linked to the team. Well, they struck a deal on Friday, but it wasn't with the Pistons.
The Mavericks are reportedly acquiring Willie Cauley-Stein from the Golden State Warriors, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
Cauley-Stein averaged 7.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game with Golden State as a backup. Following the injury to Dwight Powell, who suffered a ruptured Achilles during Tuesday night's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Mavs' need for a big man became even more prevalent.
Cauley-Stein was signed by the Warriors this past offseason from the Sacramento Kings. He's struggled to produce for Golden State, however, putting up his worst numbers since his rookie year in 2015.
The Mavericks were among teams interested in Cauley Stein's services this past offseason, but were outbid by the Warriors. They will now get the big man in exchange for a 2020 second-round draft pick.
Dallas will get one more year of control after this season, and will only have to pay Cauley-Stein the remaining $3 million on his contract. He will re-enter free agency after the 2020-21 season.