HoopsHype Gani Lawal rumors

December 9, 2011 Updates
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Lawal leaves Tuesday to join his new club after signing a contract that includes an out allowing him to return to the NBA when and if there is a lockout settlement. He is the first Suns player to sign an overseas deal during the lockout. "It's a good opportunity for me to get good minutes," said Lawal, who has been training at Georgia Tech and started playing pickup games two weeks ago. "That's the biggest thing -- to get in playing form. I haven't competed in so long. I'm hungry. I'm young in this game and thankful to have a situation to get in game rhythm. "The NBA is where I want to be but I'm very thankful for Poland and this organization to give me the opportunity. I'm waiting on the NBA, just like the rest of the 450 players." Arizona Republic

Lawal said he has Suns teammate Marcin Gortat, Poland's only NBA player, on speed dial to find out information about where he is headed. Lawal said he had other offers but his agent, Andy Miller, said this one was a good match based on the playing opportunity he will get and a "respectable" salary. "They were looking for a forward to go next to (former Cornell center) Jeff Foote," Miller said. "It's a good opportunity to gain some experience and stay in shape. He's been training and rehabbing for seven and a half months. It's time for him to compete at a high level. "It's replacing what would usually be under the auspices of the Phoenix Suns right now. In essence, it's a professional simulation of what he'd get in Phoenix." Arizona Republic

Suns power forward Gani Lawal signed to play for Polish club Zastal Zielona Gora but has an out clause in his contract to return to the NBA if the lockout ends. Lawal's contract with Phoenix is not guaranteed for the coming season. He made one appearance in a Suns game last season. Arizona Republic

September 7, 2011 Updates
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Lawal has been the most frequent Suns resident at US Airways Center since the season ended in mid-April. The 2010 second-round pick will complete the final month of his knee rehabilitation elsewhere in the Valley now that the lockout prohibits players from receiving treatment from team personnel. The Suns might have bigger hopes for this year's power forward draft pick, Markieff Morris, but Lawal has big plans for himself with the team. "I think I'll really be able to help us next year," Lawal said after one of his weekday workouts. "I really do believe that in my heart. I'm looking forward to getting out there." Arizona Republic

January 7, 2011 Updates

Suns rookie power forward Gani Lawal will need season-ending surgery on his right knee after an injury he suffered in practice Thursday. Lawal said he hurt the knee when he was planted and getting ready to jump during practice. He left the arena on crutches and a MRI exam later revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a partially torn medial collateral ligament. Lawal, 22, said he had never suffered a knee injury previously. Arizona Republic

November 16, 2010 Updates

Suns rookie power forward Gani Lawal will be assigned to the team's D-League affiliate in Iowa. Lawal was on the active roster for the first time in Monday's win against Denver but Earl Clark was the one to pick more playing time in Robin Lopez's absence and before Earl Barron signs with the Suns today. Arizona Republic

August 2, 2010 Updates

There were no guarantees for Gani Lawal as a second-round draft choice of the Suns in June, or as an NBA Summer League player in July. August opened with a big guarantee for Lawal. On Sunday he signed a three-year contract with the Suns, who made his rookie season's minimum salary of $473,604 fully guaranteed in order to keep his rights with partial guarantees in the next two seasons. NBA teams are required to sign only first-round draft picks to guaranteed deals. Arizona Republic

August 1, 2010 Updates

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