NBA Rumor: Willie Cauley-Stein Trade?

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The Kyle Lowry sign-and-trade to Miami isn’t in doubt, but it appears the reason it hasn’t been officially completed yet is that Toronto is now trying to re-home Goran Dragic. In statements to the media, Dragic expressed a desire to join the Mavericks and play with Luka Doncic, something Dallas is known to be interested in as well. To join as a third team in that deal, Dallas would have to send at least $14.4 million in salary to Toronto, something most easily done by combining Dwight Powell and Willie Cauley-Stein. But that’s also where it gets complicated.

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Dallas wouldn’t want to do that because Powell is beloved around the organization, and losing two centers in the same transaction would thin the team’s depth. The Mavs also don’t want to replace Cauley-Stein with one of their prospects in Josh Green or Tyrell Terry. But Toronto likely views Dragic, a proven veteran on an expiring deal, as a positive asset. Dallas wants him, so why shouldn’t it give something up? That’s the current limbo it’s easy to imagine both teams in right now. One possible solution is Dallas finding an expendable player Toronto does want and using a recently acquired trade exception (TPE) to bring something more conducive to the Raptors’ likings.

Willie Cauley-Stein is another trade option. However, there are questions about his value on the open market. He has a player option, so the Warriors don’t have control over him next season. There is also still interest in seeing how he fits when the real team is healthy. Being on the floor with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and D’Angelo Russell has a way of making most big men look better. And Cauley-Stein has improved from his earlier struggles.
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The Kings are willing to talk about Cauley-Stein separately, sources say. He’s a restricted free agent this summer. Sacramento could bail if the market goes above a certain price point. (He shouldn’t have that kind of market, but you never know.) In that case, they should search out what they could get for him now. Marvin Bagley III and Harry Giles are coming.
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