Almost a top-five pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Cauley-Stein hasn’t lived up the high expectations that were put on him after a few seasons at Kentucky. Cauley-Stein was hailed as one of the best defenders of this generation, drawing comparisons to Samuel Dalembert.
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Cauley-Stein didn’t develop into that player, but the newly-turned 26-year-old has been productive and efficient throughout his NBA career. Now with Golden State, Cauley-Stein signed an extremely team-friendly contract.
The 7-footer signed a 2-year, $4.48 million contract this past offseason. With a team-friendly contract, Cauley-Stein would be a great addition to any package. Potentially coupling him with Russell or another veteran could produce another true superstar.
That said, the Warriors also have Kevon Looney, who is the only non-star making over $3 million, behind Cauley-Stein. They’d be fine if they allowed Cauley-Stein to leave, but obviously, that isn’t the plan as he’ll likely be the team’s starting center.
The Warriors aren’t playing to trade anyone as of now, but Cauley-Stein should be an attractive target for other teams.