Big man Willie Cauley-Stein, Warriors agree to contract in free agency

Dalton Johnson

The Warriors' roster reconstruction continued last week, with an athletic center moving from Sacramento to San Francisco. 

A source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole that former Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein and the Warriors have a contract agreement in place. The Warriors confirmed the deal on July 8, and the Athletic's Shams Charania reported Tuesday that the deal is for two years, but includes a player option.

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The Athletic's Marcus Thompson first reported the big man is "coming to the Warriors."

Cauley-Stein, 25, averaged 11.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in his fourth year as a pro last season. The Kings selected him with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. 

Less than two weeks ago, Cauley-Stein's agent Roger Montgomery told The Sacramento Bee that his client "needs a fresh start." A small one-year deal certainly is not the contract Cauley-Stein hoped for, but the former Kentucky star will get a fresh start in a brand new arena. 

Cauley-Stein joins Kevon Looney and Damian Jones in the Warriors' center rotation. Jordan Bell reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with Minnesota on Monday. This agreement puts even more pressure on Jones, who was the Warriors' presumptive starting center but has yet to prove himself in the NBA.

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While Cauley-Stein hasn't lived up to expectations as a former top pick, he could be a nice fit for the Warriors on both ends of the floor as a rim-running 7-footer.

Big man Willie Cauley-Stein, Warriors agree to contract in free agency originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

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