The agent for Willie Cauley-Stein has inspired the Sacramento Kings to permit his shopper to change into an unrestricted free agent.
“I am hopeful they won’t even give Willie his qualifying supply,” Roger Montgomery of Roc Nation Sports activities instructed the Sacramento Bee.
The 7-foot Cauley-Stein has performed all 4 of his NBA seasons in Sacramento because it took him sixth general within the 2015 draft. Along with his rookie contract expiring this month, he would change into a restricted free agent — giving Sacramento the flexibility to match presents from different groups — if the Kings first lengthen a $6,265,631 million qualifying supply by June 30.
“I actually assume Willie wants a contemporary begin,” Montgomery instructed the Bee. “Based mostly on how issues have gone for him there in Sacramento, I simply assume it is time for Willie to maneuver on and we might actually like him to maneuver on.”
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Cauley-Stein, 25, holds profession per-game averages of 10.1 factors on 53.four % taking pictures to go together with 6.four rebounds and zero.eight blocks. He excels working the ground for a Kings workforce that likes to play at tempo, giving Sacramento an athletic heart who can take a few of the focus away from defenses, can cross the ball and might end on the rim.
However consistency has been a bother spot for the previous Kentucky star. Cauley-Stein began this previous season by averaging 17.four factors in October, however his numbers dipped after that, together with two months (February and April) during which he didn’t common double figures in scoring.
The Kings issued a short assertion to the Sacramento Bee, saying, “Willie is a superb participant who has proven he can match our model of play.”
However Montgomery mentioned the items weren’t becoming collectively for his shopper and cited turnover in each the Kings’ roster and training employees. The Kings employed Luke Walton as head coach in April to interchange Dave Joerger.
“We have not felt that he is been in a position to get what has been needed for him to have the ability to lead the franchise the best way he needs to,” Montgomery mentioned. “We’re very, very grateful for the chance that was introduced to him, however we simply assume it is not working. It isn’t going to work. It is simply time for a contemporary begin. We want a contemporary begin and possibly the Kings do, too.”