On this day of thanks, Nik Stauskas now has more than one million reasons to be thankful after a report from Zach Lowe that the Milwaukee Bucks will sign him to a one-year deal.
The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a one-year deal with former No. 8 pick Nik Stauskas, his agent, Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tells ESPN.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) November 26, 2020
However, as Matt lays out below, Stauskas is merely a camp invite due to the Bucks increasingly stringent cap situation.
Looking to confirm it (nothing says Thanksgiving like getting information about a guy nicknamed "Sauce") but based the Bucks' cap situation it would seem Stauskas will be joining the Bucks on a training-camp deal.— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) November 26, 2020
He's a 5-year NBA vet who played in Spain last year. https://t.co/MmQAuu0zOr
Milwaukee had 14 players (including second round pick Sam Merrill under contract and a projected $88K below the hard cap.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) November 26, 2020
A non-guaranteed contract (summer contract) does not count as salary during the offseason toward the hard cap. https://t.co/GdvOPJHVXE
After being drafted eighth overall by the Sacramento Kings in 2014, Stauskas never lived up to his selection. When your claim to fame is a closed captioning error, resulting in his nickname Sauce Castillo, rather than any sort of tangible basketball accomplishment...I’d say your career hasn’t gone the way he envisioned. He spent last year overseas and shot 37.3% overall from three.
He’s a career 35.3% shooter from deep during his five years in the NBA.