Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Utah Jazz have cut four players today to trim their roster down to 13 players, choosing to go forward with less than the roster maximum of 15 players so they can cut down on their luxury tax bill.
The Jazz waived Othyus Jeffers, Sundiata Gaines, Ryan Thompson and Demetris Nichols on Thursday. "It's a part of the job. It's just the nature of the business," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "We can't mope around about it for two or three days. You've got to go back and go to work."One of those names surely hurts to read more than the others for Jazz fans: point guard Sundiata Gaines. Gaines made a blip on the national radar last year when the phone call of his midseason call up from the D League's Idaho Stampede to the Jazz was videotaped and uploaded to the internet. Soon after, Gaines became a household name nationally by hitting arguably the best shot of the 2009-2010 season, a last-second three-pointer to defeat LeBron James's Cleveland Cavaliers. Given today's circumstances, it's worth another look. Immediately after Gaines made his Magic, the usually reserved Sloan told reporters that he would sign Gaines, who was playing on a non-guaranteed 10-day contract when he buried the Cavs, for the rest of the season. Ten months later, Sloan tells reporters that it's a business and that he won't mope about it. If that doesn't sum up how precarious life in the NBA can be, nothing will.