Free agent center Cauley-Stein signed by Warriors

Big man Willie Cauley-Stein appeared in 81 games for the Kings this past season.

The Golden State Warriors have officially signed free agent center Willie Cauley-Stein, the team announced in a news release.

Cauley-Stein has spent his entire early career with the Sacramento Kings, but his agent said Cauley-Stein wanted to move on.

“I really think Willie needs a fresh start,” Montgomery told Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee.”I just think it’s time for Willie to move on and we’d really like him to move on.”

The Kings picked up Cauley-Stein’s option then renounced his rights. The option was worth $2.6 million.

The former No. 6 overall pick in the 2015 draft averaged 11.9 points and 8.4 rebounds in 81 games with the Kings this past season.

He will help shore up a Warriors frontline that lost Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets), DeMarcus Cousins (Los Angeles Lakers), Jordan Bell (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Andre Iguodala (Memphis Grizzlies), who sometimes defended opposing big men.