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Willie Cauley-Stein trade rumors: Kings willing to deal him as he wants out

Less than a season and a half in the NBA, and Willie Cauley-Stein has had enough of the circus in Sacramento.

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In one of the most Sacramento Kings moves ever, the struggling franchise chose to draft two big men in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft to create a massive logjam for minutes in the front court.

Perhaps the biggest victim in this most recent roster mismanagement is Willie Cauley-Stein, and it seems as though he may be rewarded with playing on a new team. Ten games into this season, WCS is averaging just 14 minutes per game, down from 21 last season.

Of course, DeMarcus Cousins gets as much playing time as humanly possible. His only real breaks come when he is trying to calm down after altercations with other former Kentucky Wildcats.

Aside from Cousins, WCS is competing for minutes with rookies Skal Labissiere and Georgios Papagiannis, as well as veteran journeyman Anthony Tolliver.

As the sixth pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Cauley-Stein expected his role on the team to increase, not become less important. According to, he is seeking a bigger role on a new team and the Kings are listening to offers.

Recently, WCS told Matt Kawahara of the Sacramento Bee that he is “tired of not playing,” but making mental adjustments to push forward.

“That's what I've been battling the last couple weeks is just not worrying about it," Cauley-Stein said. "You're going to come out anyway, so you might as well go as hard as you can as long as you're in there."

While there are current no leaders in the Willie Cauley-Stein trading market, there is high demand around the league for someone with his skill set.

This could be an interesting few weeks for Willie. Where do you see him ending up?