Cauley-Stein is expected to start at center for the Warriors, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.
Slater was asked about the Warriors' projected starting five in a mailbag piece, so this is more so his opinion, rather than a definitive statement from coach Steve Kerr. Nonetheless, it's a minor vote of confidence for Cauley-Stein, who the Warriors brought over from Sacramento in free agency to help fill the void left by the departure of DeMarcus Cousins. At the end of the day, Cauley-Stein and Kevon Looney figure to split minutes relatively evenly, though Slater notes that Looney will likely be the one on the court in closing situations.
Cauley-Stein agreed Tuesday with the Warriors on a one-year contract. Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports. Per Zach Lowe of ESPN.com, Cauley-Stein's deal is worth slightly more than the league minimum.
Cauley-Stein started 81 games for the Kings last season, but the organization decided to move on from the soon-to-be 26-year-old with youngsters Harry Giles and Marvin Bagley already in the fold in the frontcourt. The 2015 lottery pick had essentially been a full-time starter across the past two seasons, averaging 12.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 27.6 minutes over that span. His role with Golden State remains more muddled, as there's a strong possibility that Cauley-Stein and the newly re-signed Kevon Looney split minutes at center.
The Kings rescinded Cauley-Stein's qualifying offer Monday, making him an unrestricted free agent, Sam Amick of The Athletic reports.
Cauley-Stein was a restricted free agent when the new league year opened Sunday, but the Kings relinquished his rights less than 24 hours later after the team needed to open up cap space for the signings of Harrison Barnes, Trevor Ariza, Dewayne Dedmon and Cory Joseph. The Dedmon signing in particular hinted that the Kings weren't interested in retaining Cauley-Stein, who is likely seeking a multi-year deal with a team willing to give him a legitimate chance at claiming a starting job. Over his first four seasons in the league, the 2015 lottery pick averaged 10.1 points, 6.4 boards and 1.6 assists in 24.0 minutes per game while shooting 53.4 percent from the floor.
Cauley-Stein was extended a qualifying offer by the Kings on Saturday, making him a restricted free agent, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Cauley-Stein struggled with consistency during the 2018-19 campaign, but still managed to average 11.9 points, and 8.4 rebounds in 81 games. The No. 6 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft will likely have some suitors on the free agency market, but it remains to be seen how much the Kings will be willing to match.
Cauley-Stein offered eight points (3-3 FG, 2-2 FT) and five rebounds across 17 minutes in the Kings' 136-131 loss to the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
Cauley-Stein failed to eclipse 20 minutes in each of his last two games of the season, but he was efficient while averaging 8.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist across that pair of contests. The fourth-year big finished the regular season with 11.9 points, a career-high 8.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and a career-best 1.2 steals across 27.3 minutes over 81 games. Cauley-Stein is a restricted free agent this offseason, and it remains to be seen how much interest the 25-year-old will generate from other clubs.
Cauley-Stein (personal) is not listed on the injury report ahead of Sunday's contest against the Pelicans.
Cauley-Stein sat out Friday while attending to a personal matter. It appears he'll be back in action Sunday, however.
Cauley-Stein will not play in Friday's game against the Jazz for personal reasons, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
The circumstances surrounding Cauley-Stein's absence are unknown, so it's unclear if this is just a one-game absence or one that could extend to the final two games of the season. Regardless, with Cauley-Stein out of Friday's lineup, rookie Marvin Bagely should be in line for plenty of usage in the frontcourt, with veteran center Kosta Koufos also potentially seeing additional minutes.
Cauley-Stein had just two points and five rebounds in 21 minutes during Tuesday's 130-105 loss to Houston.
Cauley-Stein was basically invisible on both ends of the floor Tuesday, ending the game with just two points and five rebounds. He had been trending in the right direction prior to this game and if you had been holding onto him, he probably deserves at least one more game, if you can afford to be a little patient. Alternatively, if there is a hot free-agent available, dropping him is certainly not the worst idea.
Cauley-Stein generated 17 points (6-9 FG, 5-5 FT), six rebounds and two steals in 30 minutes Sunday in the Kings' 113-106 win over the Spurs.
With Harry Giles (thigh) still sidelined, Cauley-Stein cleared 30 minutes for third time in four games and again delivered a solid performance on offense. Though he's shooting a career-worst 54.4 percent from the charity stripe this season, Cauley-Stein at least seems to have turned a corner of late with an 11-for-13 mark over his past four outings.
Cauley-Stein tallied 18 points 7-9 FG, 4-4 FT), 12 rebounds, four assists, and two blocks in 35 minutes during Thursday's 121-118 loss to the Pelicans.
Cauley-Stein scored in double-figures for the third straight game Thursday, adding 12 rebounds and two blocks. His last two performances have been a big improvement on what he had been putting up over the previous few weeks. After a red-hot start to the season, Cauley-Stein cooled off in a hurry and was even dropped in a lot of formats. His future is uncertain at this stage and where he falls next season is anyone's guess.
Cauley-Stein totaled 10 points (5-8 FG, 0-2 FT), nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block across 17 minutes in the Kings' 111-106 loss to the Lakers on Sunday.
Cauley-Stein turned in a much more serviceable stat line than 24 hours prior versus the Suns, when he took a single shot over 18 minutes on his way to a three-point showing. The seven-footer fell just a rebound shy of his second double-double in three games, but fantasy owners had to walk away exponentially more satisfied than a night earlier. Cauley-Stein's scoring contributions remain hard to trust on a game-to-game basis, but he's averaging a solid 9.1 boards per game in March even when factoring in the single rebound he brought down against Phoenix on Saturday.
Cauley-Stein amassed 10 points (5-8 FG, 0-1 FT), 18 rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 32 minutes during Thursday's 116-100 victory over Dallas.
Cauley-Stein hauled in a season-high 18 rebounds Thursday, capitalizing on an increased role. Harry Giles (thigh) left the game early and was not able to return which meant Cauley-Stein saw his highest amount of playing time in almost a month. If Giles misses any time, Cauley-Stein will likely find himself in a larger role, putting him back on the list as a potential must-roster player.
Cauley-Stein totaled 13 points (6-7 FG, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds and two assists over 33 minutes in the Kings' loss to the 76ers on Friday.
Cauley-Stein was at it again on Friday, providing his usual allotment of points, rebounds and assists. Although he's been rather unspectacular with limited upside, Cauley-Stein is a consistent fantasy option with a high floor. His night-to-night performances rarely deviate far from his season averages.
Cauley-Stein totaled 10 points (5-9 FG, 0-2 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and a block over 26 minutes in the Kings' loss to the Wizards on Monday.
Cauley-Stein had a typical performance, reminiscent of his season averages in points (12.4), rebounds (8.4) and assists (2.5). While the rebounds and assists are both career highs, Cauley-Stein hasn't developed into the high-caliber center he was drafted to be in 2015.
Cauley-Stein had just four points and one rebound in 13 minutes during Monday's 112-105 loss to the Timberwolves.
Cauley-Stein received two fouls in the first three minutes and was never able to get things going, putting up just four points in 13 minutes. There is nothing to worry about here as the low minutes are clearly an outlier in what has been a solid season. Cauley-Stein will look to bounce back against the Bucks on Wednesday.
Cauley-Stein produced 10 points (5-9 FG), 11 rebounds, two assists, and one block in 30 minutes during Saturday's 119-116 victory over the Thunder.
Cauley-Stein ended Saturday's win with 10 points and 11 rebounds, his first double-double since January 13. His hot start to the season is a distant memory for owners as he has scored in double-digits in just three of his past seven games. The rapid improvement of both Marvin Bagley and Harry Giles has cut into Cauley-Stein's production and he is more of a fringe standard league player right now.
Cauley-Stein produced 19 points (8-9 FG, 3-5 FT), nine rebounds, three assists and two steals over 33 minutes in Saturday's 115-108 win over the Sixers.
The 24-year old center is rounding into form in his fourth season with the Kings, as he's outplaying his previous yearly averages with 13.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. The improved play of Buddy Hield and De'Aaron Fox has yielded more looks inside for Cauley-Stein, and he's shown vast improvement in the post versus the NBA's best big men.
Cauley-Stein collected 11 points (5-9 FG, 1-1 FT), six rebounds, five steals, two assists, and one block in 31 minutes during Friday's 99-96 win over the Grizzlies.
Cauley-Stein finished with a season high steal total while earning at least 30 minutes for the first time since Jan. 12. After averaging 28.9 minutes per game in December and seeing 30-plus minutes in five of the first seven games of January, Cauley-Stein hasn't been quite as involved lately. As a result, his numbers have dipped a bit during this recent stretch, as he hasn't hoisted double-digit field-goal attempts once over the last five games and has grabbed just six rebounds in each of the last four contests.
Cauley-Stein finished Monday's game against Brooklyn with 12 points (6-8 FG, 0-1 FT), six rebounds and two assists over 27 minutes.
Cauley-Stein only attempted eight shots from the floor, but he knocked down six of those attempts in a lopsided loss on the road. The 25-year-old has been uncharacteristically held to just six rebounds in each of his previous two games, which is well below his season average of 8.9 boards per contest. Cauley-Stein will aim to return to form on the boards Tuesday against Toronto, especially seeing as rebounding is a key strength for the former first-round pick.
Cauley-Stein totaled eight points (4-6 FG), 11 rebounds, four assists, a block and three steals across 27 minutes Thursday against Charlotte.
Cauley-Stein finished well below his 13.6 ppg average, but he secured 11 rebounds and dished out four helpers in a 114-95 loss at home. Thursday marked the first time he's been held under double-digits in the scoring column since Jan. 1. Even though he didn't light up the scoreboard, he still managed to salvage his night by contributing across the board.
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