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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Willie Cauley-Stein to sign with Warriors for just over minimum

The Trill movement is coming to the Golden State Warriors.

Willie Cauley-Stein is joining the Warriors, The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson first reported. ESPN’s Zach Lowe says he will sign for something slightly above the minimum salary.

Getting him for just over the minimum is a steal. The Warriors are facing a hard cap this year due to their sign-and-trade involving D’Angelo Russell and Kevin Durant and need to fill out their roster with minimum signings to stay below the tax apron. Cauley-Stein is helping them do so.

Cauley-Stein’s representatives recently stated their desire for the big man to be set free by Sacramento. The Kings originally extended a qualifying offer to Cauley-Stein, making the 2015 lottery pick a restricted free agent. However, they later rescinded the offer after signing Dewayne Dedmon and Cory Joseph, making Cauley-Stein an unrestricted free agent.

Cauley-Stein, 25, averaged 11.9 points and 8.4 rebounds a game for the Kings last season. He should have an opportunity to seize plenty of playing time with the Dubs next season.

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