Former Mavericks center Willie Cauley-Stein appears to be getting a shot with another NBA team.
Cauley-Stein has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the rival Houston Rockets, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on Friday. Cauley-Stein will reportedly compete for a roster spot in training camp.
Cauley-Stein last appeared in a game with the Mavericks on Nov. 27, 2021 before he was waived in January. He appeared in just 18 games with the Mavericks last season, averaging career lows in points (1.9), rebounds (2.1) and minutes played (9.8) while shooting a career-worst 46% from the floor. He also missed 24 games last season due to personal reasons. Cauley-Stein signed a 10-day contract later in the season with the Philadelphia 76ers, but wasn’t re-signed once his deal expired.
Dallas traded for Cauley-Stein during the 2019-20 season to add more depth at center after Dwight Powell tore his right Achilles. Cauley-Stein was a key member of the Mavericks’ rotation for the rest of that season and onward. In 2020-21, he appeared in 53 games, averaging 5.3 points and 4.5 rebounds on 67% shooting from the floor.
Since leaving the Mavs, Cauley-Stein appears to have stayed in shape, frequently posting workout clips to his Instagram page.