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Warriors finalizing trade Willie Cauley-Stein to Mavericks

Dallas is making moves in need of some depth in the front court with Dwight Powell sidelined.

Golden State Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein dunks during the fourth quarter against the Orlando Magic at Chase Center. Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Jan. 25, 1:14 p.m. — The Warriors officially announced the Willie Cauley-Stein trade.

The Golden State Warriors are finalizing a deal to send C Willie Cauley-Stein to the Dallas Mavericks, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday. The Mavericks are sending Utah’s 2020 second-round pick to Golden State in the deal, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported.

The Mavericks are in need of some front court help after the loss of Dwight Powell, who ruptured his Achilles tendon and is done for the season. The team is down to Kristaps Porzingis and Maxi Kleber in the front court, both players better suited to play the 4 than the 5 traditionally. So Cauley-Stein brings a big body who can play the 5 and is a decent rebounder and rim protector.

Fantasy basketball impact of Willie Cauley-Stein trade

Honestly, I think this is a great move for Cauley-Stein’s fantasy value. He’s currently 47.1 percent owned in season-long on ESPN, which is surprisingly high. If he’s available, I’d consider scooping him up if you need rebounding and help at C. WCS is a decent rebounder and I’d imagine he ends up starting instead of Maxi Kleber, who is better suited for a bench role anyway. If Cauley-Stein comes off the bench, he’s still valuable given the lack of depth at PF and C for Dallas. If Porzingis’ injury were to flare up again, WCS would become a very appealing asset.