Rockets trade Stauskas, Baldwin; Pacers to waive both

Former Trail Blazers guard Nik Stauskas was traded three times last week.

The Houston Rockets have traded shooting guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin to the Indiana Pacers, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

In return, the Rockets will receive a second round pick. The Pacers intend to waive both players, Wojnarowski reported.

This marks the third time in four days the pair were traded, together. The Rockets acquired Stauskas and Baldwin from the Cleveland Cavaliers, who acquired them from the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday.

Stauskas, 25, has averaged 6.1 points, 1.6 boards and 1.4 assists in 15.3 minutes in 44 games, all off the bench, for the Blazers this season, with a shooting line of 41.9/34.4/88.9. His 42 percent from the field is a career best.

The 6-6, 205-pound guard was taken with the eighth overall pick in the 2014 draft by the Sacramento Kings out of Michigan. He was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in July 2015, with the Sixers dealing him to the Brooklyn Nets on Dec. 7, 2017. He signed as a free agent with the Trail Blazers on July 5 last summer.

Baldwin, 22, saw only limited duty in Portland this season, averaging 1.9 points in 5.9 minutes in 16 games, also spending time with its G-League affiliate, the Texas Legends.

The 6-4, 200-pounder was the 17th overall pick of the 2016 draft out of Vanderbilt by the Memphis Grizzlies, who waived him Oct. 16, 2017. Baldwin signed a two-way deal with Portland on Oct. 20, 2017, then a multi-year deal with the team March 12, 2018.

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