Report: Willie Cauley-Stein Agrees to 1-Year Rockets Contract; Last Played with 76ers

Adam WellsAugust 12, 2022

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 02: Willie Cauley-Stein #00 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on against the New York Knicks at the Wells Fargo Center on March 2, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Knicks 123-108. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Willie Cauley-Stein is going to get an opportunity to play for the Houston Rockets next season.

Per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the veteran center has agreed to a one-year deal with the Rockets and will compete for a roster spot during training camp.

Cauley-Stein split last season between the Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers. He was waived by the Mavs in January after they signed Marquese Chriss.

The Sixers signed Cauley-Stein to a 10-day contract on Feb. 24. The 28-year-old appeared in two games before being waived on March 3.

In 20 games between the two teams, Cauley-Stein averaged 1.7 points and 2.0 rebounds.

Prior to entering the NBA, Cauley-Stein had a successful three-year stint at the University of Kentucky. He was named to the All-SEC team and won SEC Defensive Player of the Year as a junior during the 2014-15 season.

The Wildcats reached the Final Four in each of Cauley-Stein's final two seasons with the program. They lost to Connecticut in the 2014 national title game and Wisconsin in the 2015 Final Four.

The Sacramento Kings made Cauley-Stein the No. 6 pick in the 2015 draft. He spent four seasons with the club before signing with the Golden State Warriors in July 2019.

The Mavs acquired Cauley-Stein from Golden State in January 2020 for a second-round pick.

The Rockets are still rebuilding, with Jalen Green and Jabari Smith Jr. as the centerpieces. Cauley-Stein will compete with Usman Garuba and Boban Marjanovic to be the primary backup 5 behind Alperen Sengun.