The NBA Trade Deadline is less than two weeks away, and trade rumors continue to circulate. Despite all of the rumors, the number of actual trades this season have been scarce. The deadline is a chance for some teams to finally acquire (or at least attempt to) the players they’ve chased all season. So, it will be interesting to see what happens.
For now, everything is just talk. However, on Friday evening, the Warriors and Mavericks made a deal. According to reports, the Warriors have traded Willie Cauley-Stein to the Mavericks in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick.
Golden State is finalizing a deal to trade C Willie Cauley-Stein to Dallas, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 24, 2020
This was one of the few trades to happen this week, as the Mavericks traded Isaiah Roby to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Justin Patton and cash considerations, and the Blazers traded Kent Bazemore (and others) to the Sacramento Kings. The trade between the Warriors and Mavericks was the latest in trades around the league.
This season, Cauley-Stein was averaging 7.9 points and 6.2 rebounds while starting in 37 games. He signed with the Warriors this summer, after playing the last four seasons with Kings. Now, Cauley-Stein is on the move again as he joins Luka Doncic and the Mavericks.
The move comes after the Mavericks lost their center Dwight Powell to a ruptured right Achilles on Tuesday. Cauley-Stein gives the Mavericks a backup big to fill the void that Powell’s injury leaves. So, the move benefits them.
This week, small trades have happened throughout the league. Now, it is only a matter of time before more moves are made.
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