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Cup of Cavs for Feb. 12, 2019: Nik Stauskas is a cool story

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Here’s your morning dose of Cavs.

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Happy Tuesday, everyone. Here is your daily dose of Cavs and other NBA news and notes.

Take of the day

Nik Stauskas is worth signing because there might be something there. He’s a former lottery pick who was a legit useful rotation player for the Trail Blazers this season before falling out the rotation in favor of Jake Layman. But it’s also super fun that the Cavs have someone who grew up a Cavs fan on the roster. He also just seem grateful to have a shot after he traded three times last week.

“As soon as Indiana waived me, Koby called me and said, ‘We are going to work to get you back here in Cleveland.’ I’m very excited,” Stauskas said Monday, per cleveland.com. “When I got traded here initially I knew it was going to be a good opportunity. I was bummed when I was traded to Houston because I wanted to be here and thought it would be a good opportunity so when Koby called me and told me he was going to work to bring me back I was super excited and glad he made that decision.”

It’s too early to know if Stauskas will be on the roster beyond this season — he’s only signed for the rest of the year. But I think there’s some potential there for him to stick and it’ll at least be someone people can root for as long as he’s in a Cavs uniform.

He’ll need to shoot better than 1-9, though.

Draft watch

As of today, the Cavs have the third-worst record in the NBA. They have a 52.1 percent chance of landing a top-four pick and a 14 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick. They could pick as low as No. 7 overall.

Today’s Tankathon sim yielded the Cavs the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft:

ICYMI — news and notes from yesterday

Cavs 107, Knicks 104

Jeremy Lin is heading to Toronto

The Knicks removed KD from their season ticket pitch, lol

Fred VanVleet is out for three weeks

Bucks Marc Lasry owner was fined for tampering

Magic Johnson is being investigated for tampering with Ben Simmons

Oladipo isn’t sure if knee soreness led to his quad injury

What to read today

At FiveThirtyEight, Jared Dubin wrote about the Southeast division being historically trash