Stauskas has acquitted himself relatively well this preseason in his bid to secure a spot on the Blazers' backcourt rotation. The fifth-year veteran closed out the exhibition slate with his second consecutive double-digit scoring effort, and Friday's scoring total served as his best of preseason. Stauskas appears set to share minutes with Seth Curry behind starting two-guard C.J. McCollum, but his 6-foot-6 frame should also afford him minutes at small forward.
Stauskas drew the start in the backcourt alongside Seth Curry with both Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum getting the night off for rest. The fifth-year wing is projected to back up at both shooting guard and small forward come the regular season, with Curry likely serving as his primary competition for playing time behind McCollum at the two-guard spot.
Stauskas will pick up the spot start in Wednesday's preseason matchup against the Suns, Casey Holdahl of TrailBlazers.com reports.
The Trail Blazers are resting both Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum on Wednesday, which allows Stauskas to earn the promotion to the top unit. He'll see a temporary uptick in his workload, though it should be short-lived and Stauskas will likely be back in a bench role as soon as Friday's preseason finale against the Kings. Stauskas is set to serve as depth on the wing once the regular season arrives, but he's unlikely to get enough minutes on a night-to-night basis to be a relevant fantasy commodity in the bulk of leagues.
Stauskas is competing with Seth Curry for minutes behind starting two-guard C.J. McCollum, and Sunday's line was his best of his three preseason games thus far. The 25-year-old enjoyed a solid 2016-17 campaign (9.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists across 27.4 minutes) with the 76ers as part of their backcourt rotation, but he saw a considerable downturn in his one year with the Nets last season. While Curry brings significantly more scoring upside, there's conceivably room for both on the final roster.
Stauskas and the Blazers agreed to terms on a one-year deal Sunday, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports.
The deal is reportedly for the veteran's minimum, and it's hbcleae at this point if it includes any non-guaranteed money. Stauskas has struggled to find his footing over the last couple of seasons, and he appeared in only 41 combined games for Philadelphia and Brooklyn in 2017-18.
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