portland trail blazers sign philadelphia 76ers guard nik stauskas

15:00    06 Jul 2018

Nik Stauskas
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed former Philadelphia 76ers guard Nik Stauskas, who was a free agent.

This was announced by the Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey, who lauded the 24-year-old player.

“Nik is a versatile and talented perimeter player that will seamlessly fit into our style of play,” said Olshey.

Selected by the Kings with the eighth overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft out of Michigan, Stauskas (6-6, 205) spent one season in Sacramento before playing his next two years in Philadelphia.

Stauskas 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.

The 1.98m player split the 2017-18 season with Philadelphia and Brooklyn. A native of Mississauga, Canada, Stauskas averaged a career-best 9.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists during the 2016-17 season with the 76ers. He will wear No. 6 for the Trail Blazers.

Stauskas' family is of Lithuanian heritage and he is a member of the Canadian national basketball team.

He represented his country at the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship, contributing 111 points in 9 games—including 18-for-36 three point shooting.

However, he did not play in the team's final game.

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