Reports: Baldwin IV, Stauskas reportedly on move again
NBA.com Global on Feb 08, 2019 02:36 AM
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Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin IV started the week as members of the Portland Trail Blazers. By mid-week, they were on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Today, they became members of the Houston Rockets. And now, it seems, they are on the move again.
Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Rockets are trading the duo to the Indiana Pacers in return for a second-round pick. Once they land with the Pacers, Baldwin and Stauskas are expected to be waived.
Houston is trading Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin to the Pacers, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019
Sources: Rockets will send only a second-round pick to Pacers, no cash in deal. Pacers will waive Stauskas and Baldwin.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019
Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports the move to trade Stauskas and Baldwin moved Houston under the luxury tax, which is a clear goal for the team this season.
By sending Stauskas and Baldwin IV to Indianapolis, the Rockets moved under the luxury tax, a clear goal this season. Moved Anthony, Carter-Williams, Ennis, Stauskas and Baldwin to get it done. Fertitta said all season he wanted to avoid the repeater tax penalties, limitations.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) February 7, 2019