Bucks Sign Nik Stauskas To One-Year Deal

DECEMBER 2: Stauskas is officially a Buck, according to RealGM’s log of NBA transactions.

NOVEMBER 26: The Bucks have reached an agreement on a one-year deal with former lottery pick Nik Stauskas, his agent Mark Bartelstein tells ESPN’s Zach Lowe (Twitter link).

Stauskas, the eighth overall pick in the 2014 draft, struggled to develop into a reliable rotation player during his first few NBA seasons, averaging 6.8 PPG and 2.1 RPG in 335 career games (19.9 MPG) for Sacramento, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Portland, and Cleveland. The 6’6″ shooting guard didn’t play in the NBA in 2019/20, having spent the season with Spanish club Baskonia.

Although Stauskas may not have lived up to his pre-draft billing, he knocked down a solid 35.3% of his career three-point attempts. He also played fairly well in Spain last year, making 42.2% of his threes in 22 EuroLeague contests.

The full terms of Stauskas’ contract with Milwaukee aren’t yet known, but as Eric Nehm of The Athletic recently detailed, the Bucks are right up against the hard cap and probably won’t have room to carry a 15th man. As such, the 27-year-old will likely get a training camp deal and will have an uphill battle to earn a spot on the club’s regular season roster.

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19 thoughts on “Bucks Sign Nik Stauskas To One-Year Deal

    • N.F.L. that’s not for long. Remember who we’re talking about here. Another Sacramento Kings top 10 flame out.

    • x%sure

      His game has been too sincere. A year in Europe should help (diminish) that and get more dangerous.

  1. dtrainriotmaker

    Still no back up big to fill in for Brook Lopez . White side signed for minimum not sure why they didn’t sign him to same deal .

    • Because Whiteside got a guaranteed deal and this one is not guaranteed since Bucks don’t have the cap space to do so. If Stauskas impresses enough in camp, they will find a way to dump somebody, and I think will make less than the veterans minimum Whiteside got.

      But as to why the Bucks roster only two capable bigs, neither of whom can they afford to overwork? No idea. Portis is going to be hugely disappointing, and Lopez and Giannis won’t be enough to carry the team.

      • Dxit90a

        The Greek freak can play some center so they have him Lopez and Portis . I am sure Torrey Craig can play some PF

        • I’m not counting Portis as a capable big, but you may if you like. Person I most feel for in this situation is the coach, who is going to be severely tested working with this roster. Teams are going to key in on perimeter defence on them. Giannis will have to work his tail off to keep them in games, until that plan falls apart.

          • OrienGreene

            Portis is going to be “hugely disappointing” why? He is a solid big, always has been.

          • Lookatcurryman

            portis is kind of trash at defense yk wut i mean like he cant rim protect

      • Why do they need more than Giannis and Brook? They couldn’t play Robin in the Miami series. When teams go small in the playoffs, center depth is useless.

        • Lionel Muggeridge

          You realize there’s 72 games to play before the playoffs? That’s why you have depth. Robin played 15 mins a game there all year. Portis can’t handle the big boys in the league

  2. brewpackbuckbadg

    The reason the Bucks are hard cap is because of the mid-level exception correct?

    • Luke Adams

      Yeah, they’ve used more than the taxpayer portion of the MLE *and* they’ve used the bi-annual exception — not sure which technically came first, but either would hard-cap them.

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