The Dallas Mavericks did some proverbial housekeeping on Sunday when they picked up the team option on the contract of center Willie Cauley-Stein.

That means Cauley-Stein will be paid $4.1 million during the 2021-22 season.

A 7-0, 240-pound six-year veteran, Cauley-Stein averaged 5.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 17.1 minutes in 53 games last season. He also shot a career-high 63.2 percent from the field and started 12 games.

Cauley-Stein, who turns 28 on Aug. 28, fits the mold of new general manager Nico Harrison, who is seeking players who are long and athletic.

The Mavs acquired Cauley-Stein from the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 25, 2020 for a second-round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. And since his arrival, Cauley-Stein has been both a rim protector and a solid rebounder for the Mavs.

The sixth overall pick of the 2015 draft by the Sacramento Kings, Cauley-Stein has averaged 9.1 points, six rebounds and 22.6 minutes, and shot 54.5 percent from the floor in 402 career games.  He also has converted at least 50 percent of his field goals in each of his six NBA seasons.

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