Kings reportedly extend qualifying offer to Willie Cauley-Stein
June 29, 2019
3:00 p.m. ET
The Sacramento Kings today extended a qualifying offer to center Willie Cauley-Stein, thus keeping him off the unrestricted free agent market. He'll still get to test free agency, but inrestricted fashion, meaning the Kings will have the option to match any contract off sheet he signs, and retain his services.
According to the Sacramento Bee, "The Athleticís Sam Amick reported late Friday night that the Kings had tendered the $6.3 million qualifying offer, a move that was widely anticipated despite Cauley-Steinís desire to move on to another team. Roger Montgomery, Cauley-Steinís agent at Roc Nation Sports, told The Sacramento Bee last weekend that Cauley-Stein wanted the Kings to renounce his rights, which would have allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent."
Cauley-Stein in 2018-19 averaged 11.9 points (.556 FG%, .551 FT%), 8.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He did a great job staying healthy, playing in 81 out of 82 regular season games.
Picked sixth overall in the 2015 draft, Cauley-Stein in his NBA career is averaging 10.1 points (.534 FG%, .611 FT%), 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.
The Kings last season were led in scoring by Buddy Hield (20.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.5 apg), De'Aaron Fox (17.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 7.3 apg), Marvin Bagley III (14.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg and 1.0 apg), Harrison Barnes (14.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 1.9 apg), and then Cauley-Stein at 11.9 ppg.