Even the most devoted NBA fan hasn’t heard the name Willie Cauley-Stein in some time.
The 29-year-old center has played for a number of teams since being drafted back in 2015.
He has spent time with the Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors, and Dallas Mavericks.
However, he hasn’t played since last season, when he only played two games with the Philadelphia 76ers before heading to the G League.
The Houston Rockets are planning to sign center Willie Cauley-Stein to a 10-day contract, sources tell me and @KellyIko. Cauley-Stein, a seven-year NBA veteran, has spent the season with Rockets‘ Rio Grande Valley G League affiliate.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 27, 2023
But he is set to make an NBA comeback, although it may be brief.
Shams Charania is reporting that the Houston Rockets are planning to sign Cauley-Stein to a 10-day contract.
Cauley-Stein has been with the Rockets organization for a short time, having spent the season with the team’s Rio Grande Valley G League affiliate squad.
Why are the Rockets bringing Cauley-Stein up from the G League now?
The team is in horrible shape, sitting as the worst team in the West with a terrible 13-47 record.
Their season is all but over and it would take a miracle for them to even reach the play-in tournament.
Signing Cauley-Stein to a 10-day contract means the Rockets can tweak their roster without much of a risk.
If the big man ends up adding great power, experience, and value to the team, they can offer him a longer deal.
But if it doesn’t work out, they will simply let the contract expire and Cauley-Stein can return to the G League.
Cauley-Stein has more experience than anyone else on the Rockets right now.
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