Here’s what experts are saying about the Warriors’ Willie Cauley-Stein signing

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Connor Letourneau reported that the Golden State Warriors are signing center Willie Cauley-Stein from the Sacramento Kings – the latest in an active free agency season for the Warriors that’s only a couple of days old.

Marcus Thompson of The Athletic was the first to report the news. Details of Cauley-Stein’s contract with the Warriors aren’t yet known.

In his tweet breaking the news, Thompson questioned what the signing of Cauley-Stein means for the team’s prospects of re-signing DeMarcus Cousins, who Cauley-Stein played with in Sacramento.

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Over the course of nearly 300 games for the Kings, Cauley-Stein has averaged 10.1 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game. During the 2018-19 season, he average 11.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

Basketball writers, including Letourneau, say that this signing, combined with the acquisition of D’Angelo Russell through a sign-and-trade, may change the Warriors’ offense.

“I can confirm that Willie Cauley-Stein is on his way to Golden State,” Letourneau wrote on Tuesday. “With Cauley-Stein and D’Angelo Russell now on board, Warriors potentially becoming much more of a pick-and-roll team.”

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Cauley-Stein will be in the backcourt with centers Kevon Looney, who just agreed to sign a three-year deal with the Warriors, and Damian Jones.

“Kevon Looney and Willie Cauley-Stein isn’t a bad 1-2 up front with Draymond directing traffic,” wrote Jason McIntyre of FS1.

Larry Kruger of KNBR wrote on Twitter that he “loves” the signing of Cauley-Stein for the Warriors. “He runs the floor, finishes, and rebounds,” he wrote. “Mobility is a MUST to play in today’s NBA, and he has it.”

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