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Even though the Golden State Warriors re-signed versatile center Kevon Looney this offseason, they added another starting-caliber center in Willie Cauley-Stein.
Cauley-Stein spent his first four NBA seasons in Sacramento after the Kings selected him with the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. He averaged 10 points and six rebounds per game over the course of his young career, but was largely viewed as a player who did not live up to his high draft status.
He started all 81 of the games he appeared in last season, but his agent said in June the big man desired a “fresh start” somewhere else
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Cauley-Stein said that when the Warriors first tried to call him in the opening days of free agency, they were unable to reach him because he was on a fishing trip “out in the boonies” without cell service.
“I get a call from my agent they’re like, ‘Where you at? The Warriors are trying to call?'” he said. “I’m like, ‘Hold up I’m on the lake I ain’t got no service!’ So I had to drive two miles up the road so I could get service.”
Once he got on the phone, he was informed in the middle of the call that the Warriors had re-signed Looney.
“I think in the middle of that call Looney had signed, so I’m telling him, ‘Coach I’m in, I’m in coach,” Cauley-Stein said. “And he was like, ‘Well well, we have to go back,’ and I’m like, ‘Wait I thought I was in?’ And he called me back right after it and was like, ‘Sorry, we took him over you, he put a lot of work in,’ and I was sold.”
Cauley-Stein was still interested in joining the Warriors even after learning they brought back Looney, and reportedly turned down more lucrative offers from other teams to sign a two-year $4.4 million contract with Golden State.
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