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.

Dec 10, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova (8) dribbles past Washington Wizards guard Trey Burke (33) during the first half at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Dallas had a need for point guard depth because backup Jalen Brunson underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in March.


Mavs shooting guard Courtney Lee will also be unavailable for the restart of the season due to a calf injury suffered recently.

The Athletic first reported Cauley-Stein’s intention to sit out the rest of the season.

Courtesy: ESPN


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