Report: Kings could be open to trading Willie Cauley-Stein
The Sacramento Kings may be getting infinitely less trill.
According to a report by Marc Stein of ESPN on Friday, the Kings are rumored to be open to trading second-year big man Willie Cauley-Stein, who is said to want a bigger role than he currently has under new head coach Dave Joerger.
Cauley-Stein, 23, is averaging 4.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in just 14.5 minutes per game through the first eight games of the season. He was selected No. 6 overall by Sacramento just over 16 months ago, but the Kings are no strangers to pulling the plug prematurely on their own lottery picks (see: Stauskas, Nik and Fredette, Jimmer).
There’s a clear and problematic surplus of frontcourt players on Sacramento’s roster right now, so perhaps a hyper-athletic, defensively versatile player like Cauley-Stein will be able to make more of an impact on another team.