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SportsWhy fishing almost kept NBA free agent Willie Cauley-Stein from signing with the Warriors

19:42  11 july  2019
19:42  11 july  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Fishing almost kept UK basketball star Willie Cauley - Stein from signing with the Warriors . The first few days of NBA free agency are a frenzy. Players, team management and agents are Willie Cauley - Stein with a great story of how he signed with the Warriors 😂 pic.twitter.com/umI5GlRksr.

2of4Golden State Warriors Center Willie Cauley - Stein speaks to the media during the NBA Summer League When Cauley - Stein spurned more lucrative offers last week to sign with the Warriors — his deal, according to Cauley - Stein ’s almost half-decade in Sacramento was plagued by inconsistency.

Why fishing almost kept NBA free agent Willie Cauley-Stein from signing with the Warriors © Provided by USA Today Sports Media Group LLC Willie Cauley-Stein has recently taken up fishing — and the hobby almost prevented him pouncing on a deal with the Golden State Warriors.

The first few days of NBA free agency are a frenzy. Players, team management and agents are constantly on the phone with each other. Social media goes crazy trying to soak up every #WojBomb, meme, rumor and bit of breaking news.

For a lot of non-marquee players, the window to sign with a team can open and close fast. Not answering a call, text, email or message in time could be the difference between a roster spot and millions of dollars and continuing to fish for a job.

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Willie Trill Cauley - Stein (born Willie Durmond Cauley Jr. on August 18, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association

The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent center Willie Cauley - Stein to a contract, the team A four-year NBA veteran, Cauley - Stein owns career averages of 10.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.6 Originally selected by the Sacramento Kings with the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft

But don't tell that to free agent Willie Cauley-Stein. Because when the Golden State Warriors wanted to offer him a contract, he was fishing for ... well, he was fishing.

"The first day (of free agency), I'm sitting there waiting on the top-tier dudes to go," Cauley-Stein told NBC Sports Bay Area on Tuesday. "I picked up fishing because I was like, 'I need to do something with this time.' Sitting there waiting was just so brutal on my mental (health)."

So Cauley-Stein headed out to a lake "in the boonies," where he had no cell service, and when his agent finally got in touch with him, he had to high-tail it back to land and drive two miles down a road to talk to the Warriors' brass.

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Video, Photo Galleries, and News for Cauley - Stein , Willie . Skip to main content. NBA . Global. Teams. Warriors Sign Free Agent Center Willie Cauley - Stein . July 08, 2019.

Newly signed Golden State Warriors center Willie Cauley - Stein had quite the experience during his brief time on the free agent market. The Warriors signed Looney to a three-year deal worth million, but this didn't dissuade Cauley - Stein from still wanting to join the Warriors , even if it meant

"I'm sitting there on the phone and that's when it's like, well it's a clock," Cauley-Stein said. "Like, if you don't take this (deal), it's probably not going to be there in, like, 20 minutes."

Cauley-Stein ultimately agreed to a two-year, $4.4-million contract with the Warriors, according to The Athletic — interrupting his peaceful offseason, and delaying the possibility of hooking a trophy for his wall, to finalize the deal.

Now, after averaging 10.1 points and 6.4 rebounds over four seasons with the Sacramento Kings, he'll join a Warriors team that has reached the NBA Finals in each of the past five years, with three championships.

Maybe Cauley-Stein will celebrate by wetting a line. He just better make sure to tell his agent this time that he's gone fishing.

Contributing: Tom Schad

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This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Why fishing almost kept NBA free agent Willie Cauley-Stein from signing with the Warriors

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