Dallas Mavericks center Willie Cauley-Stein informed the team that he will opt out of the restart of the NBA season, opening up a roster spot the Mavs intend to fill by signing point guard Trey Burke, sources said.
Cauley-Stein, who expects to become a father in July, averaged 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 13 games for the Mavs after being acquired in a January trade with the Golden State Warriors.
Burke, 27, who was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers in January, averaged 9.7 points and 2.6 assists in 25 games for the Mavs last season.
Trey Burke played well for the Mavs last season. He left because of the logjam at point guard. But with Brunson and Barea out of the picture, it makes perfect sense to bring him back.
WCS opted not to resume the season because he has a baby on the way in July. WCS barely played before COVID due to a death in the family. And now he's not playing because of a birth in the family. I don't think this necessarily means he will opt out of his contract after the season.