Posts Tagged ‘Sundiata Gaines’

Dwight Update: Many Bodies Involved

HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — Any trade involving Dwight Howard is a big trade. But if the Brooklyn Nets acquire the three-time DPOY in the next couple of days, it will be a big trade in more ways than one.

As Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! writes, this may end up being a four-team trade involving 10 players, four first-round draft picks and $3 million in cash…

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, Shelden 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 [MarShon] Brooks to a fourth team to get them an additional first-round pick to send to the Magic.

Trades that big aren’t easy to put together. And to further complicate things, five of the six guys that that Nets would be sending out have to agree to new contracts and new locations.

James, Williams and Gaines might be happy to just have another year in the league, but Humphries and Lopez will surely have some say in whether or not this trade goes down. Humphries’ willingness to sign a deal with just one guaranteed season is reportedly a potential hang-up, so stay tuned…

Cruel Twist Of Fate For Nets’ Gaines

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Basketball’s higher powers dished out a cruel lesson to Nets guard Sundiata Gaines last night, just days after smiling on him.

Gaines fractured his right hip in a freak accident during the Nets’ overtime win over the Cavaliers Wednesday night in Cleveland, ending his season prematurely. This comes just days after Gaines signed his fist guaranteed, multi-year deal after toiling in the D-League and Italy on the road to realizing his NBA dream.

Gaines will be on crutches for six to eight weeks before starting his rehabilitation. He only appeared in 10 games with the Nets this season, averaging 5.5 points and 2.5 assists in 14.6 minutes.

All of the hard work he put in to make it and now he has to deal with this kind of setback.