The Golden State Warriors are finalizing a deal to trade center Willie Cauley-Stein to the Dallas Mavericks for a 2020 second-round pick, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Cauley-Stein, 26, provides the Mavericks with a backup big to replace Dwight Powell, who suffered a ruptured right Achilles on Tuesday.
Dallas is sending a second-round pick that originally belonged to the Utah Jazz and acquiring Cauley-Stein with the $11.7 million trade exception created from the Harrison Barnes trade last February.
After spending his first four seasons with the Kings, Cauley-Stein signed with the Warriors this offseason on a two-year deal. He’s set to make $2.17 million this year and $2.28 million next year, although he has a player option in that second year.
The trade drops Golden State to $2.57 million below the hard cap and saves them $5.66 million toward the luxury tax.
Cauley-Stein is averaging 7.9 points and 6.2 rebounds in 22.9 minutes of action this season.