Fred Kerber takes a closer look at what brought Sundiata Gaines to the Nets for the rest of this season, and all of next year too. For one, when the Nets were looking for another PG before the London trip, it helped that Gaines had a passport ready to go (always be prepared). Here’s a little more insight:
Gaines, who did time with the Jazz, Timberwolves and Raptors, has shown a fearless streak. He makes things happen on the court and plays with a confident aggression at both ends. When Gaines arrived, Deron Williams, a guy he backed up for a time last year in Utah, approved because of how difficult he made practices with his relentless defense.
I’ve been a huge fan of Gaines since he came over here, and it’s easy to see why. I’m going to ramble a bit about the back-up point guard situation in a couple of hours, but I see no reason why if Deron Williams has a full recovery from his wrist issues this summer, why Gaines and Uzoh can’t be the back-ups next season, while the Nets shop Jordan Farmar in a deal to shed his salary or upgrade at a position where they need more depth (SG or SF).