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Indiana Pacers Eastern Central
Trade Details
STAUSKAS, BALDWIN IV ON THE MOVE AGAIN! Thursday, February 7, 2019
The Indiana Pacers acquired guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin IV, forward Maarty Leunen and a second-round draft pick in 2021 from the Houston Rockets for cash considerations.
What does it give the Indiana Pacers?
With Victor Oladipo out for the rest of the 2018-19 campaign (knee surgery), the Pacers needed more backcourt help. However, Stauskas and Baldwin IV are expected to be waived. Therefore, neither will provide much of anything to the Pacers at this time. The incentive for the Pacers here was to add another future draft pick from Houston. Indiana does need more help in the wake of Oladipo being out for the season, but they may decide to go with what they have at this point.
What does it give the Houston Rockets?
In less than a week, Stauskas and Baldwin IV have gone from Portland, to Cleveland, to Houston and now to Indiana. Suddenly, the Rockets' newfound depth has taken a major hit (with James Ennis III gone to Philadelphia, followed by this deal). There simply would not have been much playing time for the two guards with James Harden and Chris Paul around, so Houston moved Stauskas and Baldwin IV quickly, along with a second rounder, and got back some cash.
Fantasy Impact
Stauskas and Baldwin IV are probably tired of moving at this point. After they are waived, both can choose where they want to play (which will probably feel good).
Player Focus

to Indiana Pacers

to Houston Rockets
second-round draft pick in 2021
Nik Stauskas
Wade Baldwin IV
Maarty Leunen
cash considerations