Tag:Sundiata Gaines
Posted on: March 25, 2011 2:16 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2011 2:22 pm

Nets G Sundiata Gaines (hip) done for season

New Jersey Nets guard Sundiata Gaines has a fractured hip that will sideline him 6-8 weeks. Posted by Ben Golliver. sundiata-gaines

Well-traveled guard Sundiata Gaines, forever a folk hero in Utah, has had a tough season this year, bouncing around the league, serving short stints for the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Toronto Raptors before landing with the New Jersey Nets in March. Unfortunately, Gaines' rollercoaster ride just hit another dip.

NorthJersey.com reports that the Nets have announced Gaines has suffered a "fractured right hip and will be on crutches 6-8 weeks and then will begin his rehab." Obviously, that makes the injury season-ending.

Gaines suffered his hip injury during a Wednesday game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. On the season, Gaines averaged 4.6 points and 1.8 assists in 12.5 minutes per game over 24 appearances. 

If there's a sliver of good news to this story, it's that Gaines, who is 24 and has bounced around the D-League as well, just signed a multi-year contract with the Nets last Sunday, although it's not clear what portion, if any, of his future salary is guaranteed. Still, the worst case scenario for an NBA player would be for something like this to happen while signed to a 10-day contract. Gaines avoided that eventuality.

With Deron Williams locked in as New Jersey's starter next season, the Nets represent an ideal spot for Gaines should he be able to make a speedy recovery. He can continue to learn from one of the league's best and he won't be asked to do more than he's capable of.
Category: NBA
Posted on: February 28, 2011 7:30 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2011 1:54 pm

NBA post-trade deadline buyout and signing buzz

A roundup of all the latest buyout updates and signings from around the NBA after last week's trade deadline. Posted by Ben Golliver. trade-deadline

The blockbuster moves are out of the way now that the NBA's trade deadline has come and gone, but roster movement around the league continues as players are bought out or waived. This post will update throughout Monday with the latest updates on buyouts, waivings and signings. 

(Latest Buzz)  
  • Yahoo! Sports reports: "Troy Murphy has phone calls set with Pat Riley and Danny Ainge on Monday night, and source says 'still torn' between Miami and Boston." The site notes that a decision is expected "within the next 48 hours."
  • Guard Mike Bibby has reached a buyout agreement with the Washington Wizards and may be headed to the Miami Heat, according to multiple reports. Bibby was traded to the Wizards by the Atlanta Hawks last week.
  • The Miami Herald reports that Bibby-to-Miami isn't a done deal and that Bibby's agent, David Falk, says the the Boston Celtics and other are still in contention, calling the situation "really speculative at this point."
  • The New York Daily News reports that "there's a chance" Knicks forward Renaldo Balkman will be released, which opens up the possibility that the Knicks add Jeffries and an additional player. Releasing Balkman would come at a cost as his contract doesn't run out until 2012-2013.
  • HoopsWorld.com reports that the Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent big man Earl Barron to a 10-day contract. Barron had been linked to both the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers.
  • NBA.com reports that the Charlotte Bobcats officially released Mo Peterson after acquiring him via trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder last week.
Posted on: October 21, 2010 7:03 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 7:57 pm

Sad to see Sundiata Gaines go

Sundiata Gaines, perhaps the D-League's greatest success story, was waived by the Utah Jazz today. Posted by Ben Golliver

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.
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