The Indiana Pacers announced Friday they have waived Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin. Stauskas and Baldwin were acquired from the Houston Rockets on Feb. 7, along with a second-round draft pick in 2021 and the rights to Maarty Leunen, who is currently playing in Italy.
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed free agent guard Nik Stauskas, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.
Stauskas, 24, holds career averages of 7.0 points (38.6% FG, 34.9% 3-PT, 80.1% FT), 2.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 21.1 minutes in 267 games (63 starts) over four seasons with Sacramento, Philadelphia and Brooklyn. “Nik is a versatile and talented perimeter player that will seamlessly fit into our style of play,” said Olshey.
Chris Haynes: Free agent guard Nik Stauskas has agreed to a deal with Portland, league sources tell ESPN.
Michael Scotto: The Brooklyn Nets will not tender Nik Stauskas a qualifying offer, sources told @TheAthleticNYC. He'll be an unrestricted free agent. The Nets did tender two-way player Milton Doyle a qualifying offer making him a restricted free agent. He'll play in Summer League with Brooklyn.
February 26, 2021 | 1:45 pm EST Update
Because of the secretive nature of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, nobody can pinpoint why Chris Webber hasn’t gotten the nod yet. “Yes it has bothered me but it’s not something that’s made me bitter or something you think about all the time,” Webber told Yahoo Sports. “The validation of the best players that have ever played in the world has been enough for me. Every year around this time, you get that call, right after that call you get legends calling you. You get to reminiscing with them about disappointments in their lives.”
While Webber waits for the call, though, he’s joined with JW Asset Management to launch a $100 million private equity cannabis fund that will invest in companies led by minority entrepreneurs pursuing careers in the cannabis sector. Since federal and state laws have eased up on marijuana, business has boomed but Black people have largely been shut out. Webber hopes to change that.
“First it’s about business and access to individuals who are qualified,” Webber said. “And giving access to a community that’s so unfairly targeted by racist laws. Hopefully, there’s a freedom with that. I’ve seen families devastated by a plant that can cause so much healing and restoration. And now that others are trying to take advantage of it.”