|2014 NBA Draft||NBA||Drafted 8th overall by Sacramento.|
|8th July, 2014||NBA||Signed four year, $12,415,467 rookie scale contract with Sacramento. Included team options for 2016/17 and 2017/18.|
|9th July, 2015||NBA||Traded by Sacramento, along with Jason Thompson, Carl Landry, the right to swap 2016 first round picks (not exercised), the right to swap 2017 first round picks (exercised; Philadelphia moved from #5 and De'Aaron Fox to #3 and Jayson Tatum) and a future protected first round pick to Philadelphia in exchange for the draft rights to Arturas Gudaitis (#47, 2015) and the draft rights to Luka Mitrovic (#60, 2015).|
|28th October, 2015||NBA||Philadelphia exercised 2016/17 team option.|
|26th October, 2016||NBA||Philadelphia exercised 2017/18 team option.|
|7th December, 2017||NBA||Traded by Philadelphia, along with Jahlil Okafor and a 2019 second round pick, to Brooklyn in exchange for Trevor Booker.|
|5th July, 2018||NBA||Signed a guaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Portland.|
|4th February, 2019||NBA||Traded by Portland, along with Wade Baldwin, a 2021 second round pick and a 2023 second round pick, to Cleveland in exchange for Rodney Hood.|
|7th February, 2019||NBA||As a part of a three-team deal, traded by Cleveland to Houston, along with Wade Baldwin and a 2021 second round pick, and along with Alec Burks to Sacramento, in exchange for Brandon Knight, Marquese Chriss, a 2019 first round pick and a 2022 second round pick from Houston.|
|7th February, 2019||NBA||Traded by Houston, along with Wade Baldwin, a 2021 second round pick and the draft rights to Maarty Leunen (#54, 2008), to Indiana in exchange for cash.|
|8th February, 2019||NBA||Waived by Indiana.|
|11th February 2019||NBA||Signed a guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season with Cleveland.|
|2012 - 2014||Michigan (NCAA)|
|June 2014 - July 2015||Sacramento Kings (NBA)|
|July 2015 - December 2017||Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)|
|December 2017 - June 2018||Brooklyn Nets (NBA)|
|July 2018 - February 2019||Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)|
|February 2019||Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)|
|February 2019||Houston Rockets (NBA)|
|February 2019||Indiana Pacers (NBA)|
|February 2019 - present||Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)|
June 29, 2018
SG - 6’6, 205lbs - 24 years old - 4 years of experience
With low expectations and demands placed on him due to the nature of how he was acquired, Stauskas got a free audition with the Nets, allowing him to show what he has unburdened by the pressure of his draft slot. Unfortunately, he showed that he did not have much.
Shooting well as advertised, Stauskas has a smooth stroke when his feet are set with enough size to get them away. But given that he is not a fast player, getting open in the first place is not the easiest. The spread Nets’ offence gives any shooters some opportunities, but stand-still shooters are not that hard to come by, and need to stand out in other ways.
Brooklyn were able to turn a similar situation around with Joe Harris, but it took time, time Stauskas’s contractual situation does not give him. A similar size to Harris and armed with a similarly sweet stroke, Stauskas lacks for the strength Harris has, which means he lacks for the defence and the ability to smoothly get to the rim. And this means he lacks much beyond the catch-and-shoot open three pointer. Stauskas is good at that, to be sure, but not anything more than that aside from very occasional fill-in stints at point.
In particular, Stauskas is a bad defensive player at this level. He is not strong, he is not fast, he cannot change anyone’s direction, he does not make plays on the ball, and he exhibits a low defensive IQ. He is very unimpactful on this end, and in four years he has gotten no better. The Harris allusion is thus a hopeful one rather than an expected one - while he is two years younger, has Stauskas shown any sign that he will be at that stage in two years time?
Player Plan: Entering free agency. It could be restricted free agency, but there seems little need to extend him a $4,333,932 qualifying offer (shrunk after not meeting starter criteria) that is more value than he has shown. Considering the guard crunch, an unlikely candidate to return; if the Nets didn’t want or need him much this year, why would they do so in future years?
June 29, 2017
SG, 6’6, 205lbs, 23 years old, 3 years of experience
The year on year improvements are very marginal. Stauskas is shooting the three-pointer well, and the catch-and-shoot look especially, but the pull-up three shooting is far worse, and there is little else to the game. Not handling it much, nor handling it reliably, nor defending his position well, nor driving close-outs efficiently. The catch-and-shoot three will keep him around, especially on a team committed to the three-point line without having many shooters. But Stauskas still has not really blossomed, and given a couple more years of this, maybe he never will.
Player Plan: One year of rookie scale salary remaining. Extension eligible, but hasn’t earned it. Stauskas plays the one position on the roster without a cemented long-term piece, and should get the opportunities to make it his. But he hasn’t done so yet, and Luwawu-Cabarrot is right there.
June 17, 2014
|Sunken dugouts might be a pretty good remedy to players leaving the bench during altercations, actually.|