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Sundiata Gaines
Sundiata Gaines
Position: None
Born: 04/18/86
Height: 6-1 / 1.85
Weight:199 lbs. / 90.7 kg.
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The Bucks will hold a free-agent camp Tuesday through Thursday for players who are not draft-eligible. A total of 23 players have been invited, including 12 with previous NBA experience. Among those attending are former Utah Jazz guard Sundiata Gaines, former Philadelphia 76ers forward Craig Brackins and former New Jersey and Brooklyn Nets small forward Damion James. Former Marquette guard Dwight Buycks and former Ohio State guard David Lighty also will participate.
In the game won against Sidigas Avellino, Pallacanestro Cantù lost Jerry Smith who fractured his foot. The PG got injured after two minutes of the game and did not return to the court. Smith will likely miss 4-5 months. With former D-League out, Cantù is back to the market looking for a new PG. The hottest name is Sundiata Gaines who has played with Cantù in the season 2008-09 averaging 13.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.5apg. Gaines was at the camp with the Pacers but he has been waived on October 22.
But sources with knowledge of the Magic’s approach say they’re remaining patient and that all the familiar teams — Houston, Atlanta, the Lakers, and the Nets among them — remain in play. That doesn’t bode well for the Nets, whose reliance on numerous free agents in their proposal is complicated by the end of the league’s free agency moratorium at 12:01 Eastern Time Wednesday. While Humphries has the same agent as Howard and is expected to cooperate in a Howard trade so long as he gets a multi-year deal, free agents who have been part of Nets’ various proposals and may be needed to make the money work — a la Shelden Williams, Sundiata Gaines and Armon Johnson — will be able to sign with other teams.
The tentacles of the proposed deal stretched across more than 10 players and three teams on Monday, with the Nets recruiting a fourth team to take on guard MarShon Brooks in exchange for an additional draft pick to send to Orlando. Nevertheless, multiple complexities need to be resolved to complete the deal, including the negotiation of contracts for four of the players in the proposed trade: Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, Damion James and Shelden Williams. In the proposed deal, Howard, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark would be sent to Brooklyn, and the Magic would receive the Nets’ Lopez, James, Williams and Armon Johnson, Cleveland’s Luke Walton and three future first-round picks, sources said. Cleveland would receive Orlando’s Quentin Richardson, Brooklyn’s Sundiata Gaines, Humphries (on a one-year guaranteed deal), a first-round pick and $3 million from the Nets. Brooklyn also is in talks with the Los Angeles Clippers to exchange Brooks for an additional first-round pick to send to the Magic. If the Clippers decline to participate, other teams are in position to take on Brooks, sources said.
In the proposed deal, Howard, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark would be sent to Brooklyn, and the Magic would receive the Nets’ Brook Lopez, Damion James, Sheldon Williams, Cleveland’s Luke Walton and three future first-round picks, sources said. Cleveland would receive Orlando’s Quentin Richardson, Brooklyn’s Sundiata Gaines, Kris Humphries (on a one-year guaranteed deal), a first-round pick and $3 million from the Nets. Brooklyn also would send Brooks to a fourth team to get them an additional first-round pick to send to the Magic.
France-based Basket Europe has a brief writeup (and video highlights; but so does BallinEurope; see below the break) on locked out New Jersey Net Deron Williams’ latest success here on the Continent, describing D-Will as “en mode All Star.” Beşiktaş Milangaz cruised past Armia in game two of FIBA Eurochallenge play as Williams was good for 31 points, including 5-of-9 shooting on threes, and six assists in the 103- 82 win. Nets fans might also note that their theoretical player Sundiata Gaines turned in a nice eight-assist, three-steal performance for Armia.
He’s 4 years old, decades from becoming a point guard on the Nets. He’s standing in front of a photocopy store, looking in the window while waiting for his brother to return from the supermarket. The family needs groceries, or maybe something else. Gaines can’t remember. A man with a suitcase walks up to the store. He’s an off duty police officer, an NYPD detective, but that’s not understood until later. The suitcase drops. “I knew something was wrong. I knew I was bleeding,” Gaines says. “I didn’t want to touch it, but my mother was over there panicking. It kind of felt like a quick sting. I was kind of alert at the moment. I was calm. And then my mother started panicking, then I’m in a state of panic – what’s going on, what’s going on.” Gaines was shot in the neck. The bullet went through the right side and out the back under his hairline. One inch in another direction and it would have ripped through his jugular vein, killing the toddler. Somehow the impact between the sidewalk and the suitcase triggered the gun inside, and apparently Gaines was standing in the wrong place. An ambulance arrived and the medics cut off his clothes. “I remember details like it was yesterday,” he says.
The last thing Gaines wants is a lost season. Such a drastic measure would likely mean Gaines falls back into the free agency pool, joining two rookie classes and two free-agent classes in a battle royal for contracts – “the biggest whirlwind ever,” as Gaines describes it. “It’s real tough. Imagine now, I have a contract now and if we don’t have a season, I’m back to being a free agent again,” Gaines says in a phone interview last week. “It’s like being back to square one. “To me, it just seems like the sides are going back and forth. Lot of millionaires and billionaires arguing over money and at the same time losing out on money which could potentially be a loss to everybody – over some millions of dollars which, they could have made that during the season. It’s tough, I’m pretty sure it’s tough for the fans. But hopefully, something gets settled. I think it will.”
That eventually changed. Gaines wasn’t the most talkative player in the Nets locker room, but the only trace of the shooting are the two scars — a two-inch mark on the side of his neck and a smaller circular one where the bullet exited in the back. Gaines says he received a settlement when he was 18, but “no amount of money is worth a life.” The cop who owned the gun – and who owned the copy story – died a few years after the incident, Gaines says. And 21 years later, Gaines can recall it without any emotion or hesitation. “I remember like it was yesterday, but it doesn’t traumatize me in any way,” he says. “It’s just a day in one of my old memories.”