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July 10, 2019, 1:04 pmWillie Cauley-SteinC, Golden State Warriors
The Warriors have officially signed Willie Cauley-Stein.
Cauley-Stein is believed to be on a two-year deal worth $4.4 million, with a player option in the second season. Hopefully his season of rehabbing value in Golden State goes better than DeMarcus Cousins' did. WCS will give the Warriors a threat in the pick-and-roll but he's going to need to outplay Kevon Looney in order to approach the 27.3 mpg he received last season, which is something we're not all that confident in. If he can get out of his own way then it's possible, but Cauley-Stein's commitment to defense has been fleeting over the last couple of years.
Source: Golden State Warriors
July 9, 2019, 8:38 pmWillie Cauley-SteinC, Golden State Warriors
Willie Cauley-Stein's contract with the Warriors is for two-years, $4.4 million with a player option in the second season.
What a bargain for the Warriors as they hope to catch lightning in a bottle with Cauley-Stein. Cauley-Stein is hard to recommend in standard leagues as he'll be splitting time with Kevon Looney.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 2, 2019, 7:31 pmWillie Cauley-SteinC, Golden State Warriors
Updating a previous report, Zach Lowe is hearing that Willie Cauley-Stein will be joining the Warriors for slightly more than the minimum.
Cauley-Stein could use a short-term deal to rehab his value, and his pick-and-roll game should be put on display with the Warriors' backcourt duo. The fact that he'll be splitting minutes with Kevon Looney, however, robs both of any standard-league sleeper appeal that they might've briefly held.
Source: Zach Lowe on Twitter
July 2, 2019, 5:23 pmWillie Cauley-SteinC, Golden State Warriors
Marcus Thompson of The Athletic is hearing that free-agent C Willie Cauley-Stein is signing with the Warriors.
The team hasn’t reported it yet, and no details are known, but this is another savvy move for the franchise as they look to retool following Kevin Durant’s departure. WCS should split the C minutes with Kevon Looney. We’ll see how this situation eventually shakes out before deciphering his fantasy value for next season.
Source: Marcus Thompson on Twitter
July 1, 2019, 3:32 amWillie Cauley-SteinC, Sacramento Kings
The Kings rescinded their qualifying offer to Willie Cauley-Stein on Sunday according to Sam Amick of The Athletic.
Cauley-Stein has been getting run out of town for a while and the Kings needed his cap space for the Cory Joseph deal. This helps Cauley-Stein get a better deal this season, but the market will probably be pretty cool.
June 29, 2019, 12:27 amWillie Cauley-SteinC, Sacramento Kings
The Kings will extend a qualifying offer to Willie Cauley-Stein, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic.
The Kings will have the right to match any offers made to Cauley-Stein, though it has long been assumed that he will not be with the team next season after he requested that the team let him pursue new opportunities. The Kings are rumored to be after tons of centers in free agency, but as those names find firmer ties to other teams, perhaps Sacramento will find themselves settling for another year with WCS. We can't imagine that Cauley-Stein is thrilled with this news, even if the Kings may still not match any offer sheets that head his way.
Source: Sam Amick on Twitter
June 22, 2019, 11:25 pmWillie Cauley-SteinC, Sacramento Kings
According to Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee, Wilie Cauley-Stein has decided that he "wants a new opportunity with another team."
The Kings can extend WCS a qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent. The team responded to the statement made by Cauley-Stein's representation that he "needs a fresh start," saying “Willie is a great player who has shown he can fit our style of play,” the team said. WCS was one of the more frustrating big men to own in fantasy last season due to his inconsistency, so maybe a change of scenery might do his value some good. Hopefully.
Source: Sacramento Bee
April 11, 2019, 1:19 pmWillie Cauley-SteinC, Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein drew tons of ire for his defensive effort (or lack thereof) this season, and he produced a late-round campaign for fantasy purposes.
Cauley-Stein actually holds the same top-125 standing in 8-cat that he did last season, but cutting his turnovers from 1.5 to just 1.0 bumped him up about 25 spots over last year's finish in 9-cat to the top-105. He was able to boost up his rebounds (8.4) and steals (1.2) to career-high levels while also dragging his field goal percentage up from .503 to .556, but the 0.6 blocks per game remain a major sticking point. His per-minute block rate is simply unacceptable for a player whose college reputation was rim protection and defense, and he may be on his way out of Sacramento with Marvin Bagley ready to go. WCS was a top-80/70 player in total value thanks to 81 games, but fantasy owners were expecting just a little bit more night-to-night.
April 6, 2019, 6:52 pmWillie Cauley-SteinC, Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein is not listed on the injury report for Sunday's game against the Pelicans.
WCS wasn't with the team on Friday, but should now return to his regular role, with Marvin Bagley returning to the bench.
Source: NBA Injury Report
April 5, 2019, 8:42 pmMarvin Bagley IIIF, Sacramento Kings
Marvin Bagley will get a spot-start on Friday vs. the Jazz.
It looks like the Kings will try to go small against Rudy Gobert and the Jazz with Willie Cauley-Stein out for personal reasons. You can use Bagley as you normally would.
Source: Noel Harris on Twitter
April 5, 2019, 2:10 pmWillie Cauley-SteinC, Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein (personal) will not be available to play against the Jazz on Friday.
Marvin Bagley and Kosta Koufos will pick up the slack left behind in WCS's absence. Bagley is easily the preferred target between the two, but with a matchup against the imposing Rudy Gobert on tap, neither makes for an appealing target.
Source: Jason Anderson on twitter
April 3, 2019, 1:19 amWillie Cauley-SteinC, Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein had just two points on 1-of-7 field goals in 21 minutes of a blowout loss to the Rockets on Tuesday.
WCS added five rebounds and nothing else in this one. He's provided late-round value this season, but it's not trending in the right direction. It'll be interesting to see where he ends up next year, as his value could drop quite a bit.
March 29, 2019, 5:45 pmNemanja BjelicaF, Sacramento Kings
Harry Giles (bruised left thigh) is questionable to play on Saturday vs. the Rockets while Nemanja Bjelica (stomach illness) has been ruled out.
With Marvin Bagley getting so much run there’s not a whole lot of usage available for any other bigs though Willie Cauley-Stein could get a few extra minutes while Kosta Koufos should also see a bit of action.
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