Golden State Warriors: 3 players who could be traded before 2020

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3. Willie Cauley-Stein

Willie Cauley-Stein turned down much more lucrative contract offers from other teams in the offseason to sign a two-year deal with the Warriors worth a little over $4 million.

With the goal of playing for a winning organization, it seemed like a smart investment on Cauley-Stein’s part. Unfortunately, he may never get to taste that winning culture in Golden State.

Cauley-Stein was brought over from the Sacramento Kings in the offseason as the Warriors looked to address their big-man depth. A returning Kevon Looney was one of the few holdovers from last season, but there was a question regarding the other big men on the roster.

The duo was expected to split time at center this season but preseason injuries to each of them meant that the Warriors were essentially limited to Marquese Chriss at the five.

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And even upon Cauley-Stein’s return from injury, it hasn’t been all smooth sailing for the former top-six draft pick. While his rebounding skills have surprisingly impressed, Cauley-Stein has struggled to get anything going on offense.

Combine that with his subpar defense and he hasn’t entirely been a positive offseason addition.

Still, Cauley-Stein is a capable big man who has flashed as an athletic rim runner in the past. Plus, he’s on a very cheap contract which should make him more appealing to prospective trade partners.

If the Warriors decide they’re comfortable running with Looney and Chriss at center, don’t be surprised if Cauley-Stein is moved before the end of the year.