Sixers Process legend Nik Stauskas, AKA Sauce Castillo, has agreed to a deal with Baskonia (Club Deportivo Saski-Baskonia) of Liga ACB (Spain) and the Euroleague, according to a press release from Baskonia.
Stauskas was selected 8th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. He was part of Sam Hinkie’s fleecing of Vlade Divac, in which the Sixers took on the contracts of Carl Landry and Jason Thompson in a salary dump while being incentivized with Stauskas, pick swap rights and what ended up being the Kings’ 2019 first round pick (which was then traded to the Celtics in the trade up for Markelle Fultz). For that trade alone, Stauskas will always be a part of Process lore.
Unfortunately for Stauskas, his on court production with the Sixers never reached the heights that many had hoped. One big problem for Stauskas was that one of the main skills he was drafted for was shooting the deep ball but he was a below-average shooter early on in his career. By the time his shooting started coming around, the Sixers had run out of patience. Now it seems the rest of the league has too.
This doesn’t necessarily mean the end of an NBA career for Stauskas. He’s likely yet to hit his prime as a player at just age 25. If he can regain his Michigan reputation as a sharpshooting wing while playing in Europe, NBA teams may again come calling in the future.
Here’s to you, Sauce. Good luck in Europe.