The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Nik Stauskas for the remainder of the season. Cleveland acquired and traded Stauskas a week earlier.
Nik Stauskas is back in Cleveland. The Cavaliers signed Stauskas for the remainder of the season after acquiring him via trade a week prior and subsequently trading him elsewhere. Stauskas was then traded from Houston to Indiana before eventually being waived by the Pacers.
Nik Stauskas experienced a wild period just before the trade deadline. Being part of several trades before being waived and becoming a free agent. In fact Stauskas was part of three separate trades and a member of four different teams. Granted the use of the term member is a bit loose in this case, considering Stauskas was traded by Houston hours after his acquisition.
Cleveland must have seen something in Stauskas before deciding to sign him. The former Michigan Wolverine is a career 39 percent shooter from deep. In 44 games with Portland Stauskas converted a career-high 41.9 percent of his shots from the field. While his 6.1 points per game are hardly impressive, the conversion rate on his shots is at least encouraging.
Nik Stauskas should see some time on the court considering the lack of depth at the shooting guard and small forward positions. Cedi Osman’s injury is keeping him out of games. The bench alternatives are not all that impressive either. The Cavaliers will play the likes of Deng Adel, Jaron Blossomgame and David Nwaba. Stauskas may at least show a bit more than the aforementioned trio.
Cleveland at least seeing what, if anything Nik Stauskas can provide is definitely worth a shot. The team is not in the mix for anything significant and can at least find out if Stauskas is worth a look beyond this season. If not, the Cavaliers can move on after the season and find other help elsewhere.