CLEVELAND – Nik Stauskas is just happy to land on his feet in Cleveland.
The former Trail Blazers guard, who was traded three times and released before the league's trade deadline, has been adjusting to his new NBA home with the Cavaliers.
“That whole week of being traded multiple times and just not knowing where I was going to end up, it was a little stressful, but I’m happy I landed on my feet and able to have an opportunity here in Cleveland,” Stauskas said.
Before the Blazers and Cavs tipped off on Monday, Stauskas got a chance to catch up with his former teammates.
“It’s fun just to see everyone again, especially because with the way I got traded after practice I didn’t really get to say goodbye to everyone like I wanted to, so it was just cool to say hi to everyone again and just check in… But it’s crazy, I think the trade happened like two weeks ago, but it feels like it’s already been forever. I miss everyone,” Stausksas said.
"The amount of people who reached out to me when I got traded, showing their support, saying they were going to miss me, meant a lot." ♥️— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) February 25, 2019
- @NStauskas11 on the #RipCity fans @JamieHudsonNBCS got to catch up with Sauce Castillo ahead of POR @ CLE tonight 🏀 pic.twitter.com/mCXRlRFein
In 44 games for Portland, Stauskas averaged 6.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He shot 41.9 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from 3-point range.
Stauskas has played in three games so far for Cleveland since being traded. He’s averaging 3.3 points per game in 16 minutes of work.
The 25-year old had a message for the fans of Rip City before he faced his former team:
“The fans were amazing. The amount of people that I had reach out to me when I got traded, showing their support and saying that there were gonna miss me, it meant a lot and I know I was only there for like half a season, but I really felt like Portland was home and the fans treated me with nothing but love,” Stauskas said.
In his pregame interview, Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts stressed the importance of not overlooking Cleveland, who is currently 14-46 on the season. Stotts also said he got a chance to talk with Stauskas.
“He said he misses us, that was nice,” Stotts said with a smile.
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