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Mavericks swing NBA deal with Warriors for Cauley-Stein

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Agence France-Presse

Willie Cauley-Stein, a 7-foot US center in his fifth NBA campaign, joined the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday in a trade deal with the league-worst Golden State Warriors.

The move, which sent a second-round pick in this year’s NBA Draft to Golden State, comes three days after the Mavericks lost starting center Dwight Powell to a season-ending torn right Achilles tendon injury.

The Mavericks waived center Justin Patton to make room for Cauley-Stein, who has averaged 7.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.2 blocked shots in 41 games this season for the Warriors.

Cauley-Stein has career averages of 9.8 points and 6.4 rebounds over 336 games with Golden State and Sacramento, with whom he spent his first four NBA seasons.

At 28-16, the Mavericks are fighting for playoff position in the Western Conference, sharing fifth with the Houston Rockets.

The injury-hit Warriors, missing Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson among others, are an NBA-worst 10-37.