HoopsHype Sundiata Gaines rumors

November 16, 2011 Updates

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. Ball In Europe

November 11, 2011 Updates

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." New York Daily News

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. New York Daily News

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." New York Daily News

September 8, 2011 Updates

Jorge Sierra: Sundiata Gaines has signed with BC Armia of Georgia, agent Levan Mikeladze said. Gaines, who was last in the NBA with the Nets, will play for the Georgian club till the end of the lockout. Twitter

September 4, 2011 Updates

Sundiata Gaines won't play in Georgia with champions of BC Armia. The negotiations between the two parts was in the late stage but they could not finalize the deal. Sportando

August 29, 2011 Updates

After the arrival of Jeremy Richardson, Georgian reigning champs of BC Armia are close to signing Sundiata Gaines and Will Thomas. Gaines will sign with an NBA out to exercise when the lockout is over. Gaines has played last season in NBA with Timberwolves, Raptors and Nets. Thomas spent the season in Belgium with Telenet Oostende averaging 11.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.1apg in Ethias League. Sportando

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March 25, 2011 Updates

The New Jersey Nets announced today that Sundiata Gaines will miss the rest of the NBA season due to a fractured hip. Gaines, a 24-year old from University of Georgia has appeared in 10 games with the Nets this season, averaging 5.5 points and 2.5 assists in 14.6 minutes. The Nets had signed Gaines originally to a 10-day contract before deciding to sign him for the remainder of the season. Gaines suffered the injury during Wednesday's overtime victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. He will be on crutches for six to eight weeks before being able to begin rehabilitation. SB Nation

March 23, 2011 Updates

How did Sundiata Gaines end up on the Nets, anyway? The 6-foot-1-inch, 200-pound, second-year guard happened to be in the right place at the right time, as it happened. When the Nets realized they needed to sign a guard to bring with them to London because of injuries to point guards Deron Williams and Jordan Farmar, Gaines happened to be home in New York, which was convenient, and he also had a valid passport, which was essential. “I just came home — I was in Minnesota — and New Jersey happened to call me, and asked me if I had a passport and if I could go to London, and I said, ‘I have my passport,’ ’’ Gaines explained. Newark Star-Ledger

March 20, 2011 Updates

Sundiata Gaines has parlayed a 10-day opportunity into a multi-year deal. According to a source, Gaines has signed a contract with the Nets through the 2011-12 season, not just until the end of this season. The 24- year-old has impressed in successive 10-day contracts with New Jersey, averaging 5.0 points and 2.9 assists while helping the Nets win five of their last seven games. New York Daily News

March 19, 2011 Updates

As we reported today, the Nets will sign Sundiata Gaines for the remainder of the season. His second 10-day deal expires today. The Nets decided to keep Gaines before the latest incident with Williams’ wrist. Bergen Record

Sundiata Gaines’ second 10-day contract will expire Sunday, meaning the Nets will have to decide whether they want to sign him for the rest of the season or let him go. Given how much Johnson has used Gaines, and with Deron Williams’ status up in the air, it seems a lock Gaines will finish the season in a Nets uniform. “He’s good,” Johnson said when asked about Gaines after the game. Newark Star-Ledger

March 18, 2011 Updates
March 16, 2011 Updates

When we were done talking to Johnson about Williams, the coach said, “Anything else I want to talk about no doubt? There’s no doubt [Ben] Uzoh will play in a D-League game.” That led us to a question about Sundiata Gaines, whose second 10-day deal is up this weekend. We asked Johnson if Gaines has shown enough to warrant being signed for the rest of the season. “Right now, we just take it one day at a time,” Johnson said. “We want to let him get through this second 10-day and we’ll evaluate him after that. He’s making a clear-cut answer what we hope to do. We just want him to stay focused.” Bergen Record

March 9, 2011 Updates

Sundiata Gaines will stay beyond his original 10-day contract. Johnson said he earned his keep after a strong performance in London. "When we went to London, we didn't know what was going to happen with Sundiata, but if he doesn't do what he did, we don't win game one. Sundiata in his short seven or eight minutes was really good. "That's what we need." Newark Star-Ledger

February 28, 2011 Updates

Stefan Bondy: Nets sign guard Sundiata Gaines to a 10-day contract. Gaines, 24, played with Deron Williams in Utah last season. Twitter

January 30, 2011 Updates

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