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.
Mavs PR: The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have acquired center Willie Cauley-Stein from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Utah’s 2020 second-round pick. In a related move, Dallas has also requested waivers on center Justin Patton.
Brad Townsend: Patton hasn’t been waived, so Cauley-Stein deal not official. He’s not in SLC, 5 hours to tipoff vs. Jazz, so highly unlikely he plays. Ideal scenario would be to join Mavs in OKC and practice Sunday, but no word on that possibility. Once deal is finalized has 48 hours to report.
Brad Townsend: Patton cannot be waived tonight, so the Cauley-Stein deal won’t go through until tomorrow at soonest. No announcements on that front tonight.
Anthony Slater: Marquese Chriss will start at center tonight vs Pacers. Likely starter moving forward now that WCS has been moved. But Omari Spellman (who will inherit more minutes) may get some starts in certain matchups.
Bobby Marks: The Golden State front office is not accustomed to making deals during the regular season. The last time they made a trade during the regular season was February 2014- Kent Bazemore/MarShon Brooks for Steve Blake.
Brad Townsend: Although Cauley-Stein deal hasn’t been announced, I’m told there are no wrinkles or holdups, there’s an order that must be followed. Notice the Mavs haven’t yet waived Patton. That’s the roster spot needed to add Cauley-Stein.
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Before Friday, the Warriors didn’t have a second-round pick in six of the next seven drafts. But the pick acquired from Dallas, which will probably be in the 50-60 range because it initially belonged to Utah, is a minor asset when compared to the roster implications of dealing Cauley-Stein.
Bobby Marks: Dallas is acquiring Cauley-Stein with the $11.7M trade exception created from the Harrison Barnes trade last February. The exception is needed because WCS signed for part of the non-tax ML (slightly north of the minimum). Golden State will now have a $2.17M trade exception.
Shams Charania: Sources: Dallas is sending a Utah 2020 second-round pick to Golden State for Willie Cauley-Stein.
Bobby Marks: Golden State will now drop $2.57M below the hard cap. The trade will also save the Warriors $5.66M toward the luxury tax. The team now has a $9.3M tax bill and $3.7M above the threshold. The Warriors also have 2 open roster spots.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Golden State is finalizing a deal to trade C Willie Cauley-Stein to Dallas, league sources tell ESPN.
Shams Charania: Source: Dallas has acquired center Willie Cauley-Stein from the Warriors.
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.
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.
Acquiring Kanter might make the Kings more willing to part with center Willie Cauley-Stein, who could become a restricted free agent this summer. The Kings have pursued Washington Wizards small forward Otto Porter Jr. in free agency and trade talks over the past couple of years. Cauley-Stein could be a key player in a deal for Porter.
The Kings are ready to move on from Willie Cauley-Stein, whom they selected with the sixth overall selection in the 2015 draft.
Jason Jones: The bosses allowing me a football Sunday. But yeah, Kings aren’t looking to trade anyone right now, especially players on rookie deals. Kings are happy with Willie Cauley-Stein approach of late, remember he’s yet to play 82 NBA games yet. They think he can still improve a lot.
CSN California has learned that the Kings intend to hold onto the 23-year-old big. They regard him as one of their best defenders and they like his efficiency and energy off the bench.
Keep an eye on Kings big man Willie Cauley-Stein. Word is Sacramento is open to moving the second-year big man, who wants more of a role than he has under new Kings coach Dave Joerger.
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Lakers legend Pau Gasol, Marc’s older brother, recently sat down with Spanish newspaper Marca as he discussed the future of his sibling. Pau’s response was cryptic, but it is clear that he is hoping that Marc returns to Spain: “Marc has earned the freedom and flexibility to make his own decision and he will do so when he decides,” Pau said (h/t Sam Yip of Fan Nation). “I know he has a lot of enthusiasm for Basquet Girona, a club in which I am also involved as vice president. He is in a different situation, because he is five years younger than me. We will see what he decides to do this season and later, I am also waiting.”
“I’ve been on him about things I need from him,” Billups said. “I said, ‘Nurk, I know you are going to be a free agent, and I understand you have to have a great year. You need me for you to have a great year, and I need you for us to have a good year. We need each other, right?’ “I’m going to give him every opportunity to have a great year. Because if he has a great year, that means we are a pretty damn good team. Because he is a good player. But that means he has to be focused and be in shape. Because you are only going to play as many minutes as you are physically able. If you are out there tired, uh-uh, come on, gotta get you out. There are good players behind you.”
It is unclear exactly what Nurkic and his role will look like under Billups, but to hear Nurkic talk, Billups has given him a vision of being more involved on both ends. Billups has been careful not to publicly define roles, but in general, he has preached that the offense will include more ball movement. “I just want to feel wanted, and I think I just need more support, and what I mean by that is different playing style, more inside-out game, more chance,” Nurkic said. “More chance to be successful and the position where they put you in. It’s all about the coach and where they put you, and I think Chauncey has figured out that certain people are going to have one to three points less, but the team is going to be way more successful with ball movement and playing together and be more fun. Even at the defensive end.”
Virtus Bologna’s win over LBA newcomer Tortona in SuperCup Quarterfinal game yesterday night was overshadowed by a serious injury occurred to Nigerian center Ekpe Udoh, who appears to have injured his patellar tendon in a no-contact situation. Former Fenerbahce center was taken out of the court in a stretcher and after the game coach Sergio Scariolo confirmed the seriousness of the injury, adding that the team will look for a replacement in the market: “He’s our cornerstone, both on attack and on defense. It’s dramatic, I hope that it serves to understand that you need to respect the players. Here there are stickers on the court everywhere, in the NBA it’s not the case. We will look for a replacement”.
“We are in shock and worried,” Scariolo said after the game on Udoh’s injury. The Italian coach spoke against the use of slippery stickers on basketball floors which have often caused players to hurt themselves.