Kings extend qualifying offer to center Cauley-Stein

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

The Sacramento Kings have extended a qualifying offer to center Willie Cauley-Stein, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic.

Just last week Cauley-Stein’s agent, Robert Montgomery, said Cauley-Stein wanted to move on from the upstart Kings and search for a new team.

“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’ decision will make Cauley-Stein a restricted free agent and give the Kings the right to match any offer from a rival team.

Cauley-Stein’s option is 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 this past season.

The Kings hired former Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton as their new coach after the season.