Jazz sign Sundiata Gaines to second 10-day contract

Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor announced today that the Jazz has signed rookie guard Sundiata Gaines to a second 10-day contract.

Gaines (6-1, 185, Georgia) signed his first 10-day contract with the Jazz on Jan. 5 and has appeared in all five Jazz games since, averaging 4.2 points and 1.4 assists in 9.3 minutes per game.  The Jazz is 4-1 since signing Gaines, who hit a game-winning three-pointer as time expired to beat Cleveland, 97-96, on Thursday night.  The former University of Georgia Bulldog also recorded a career-high nine points vs. the Cavaliers.  Gaines reached career-highs in minutes (21) and assists (five) in his NBA debut vs. Memphis on Jan. 6.

Gaines was the fourth D-League Call-Up to the NBA this season, as well as the fourth D-League Call-Up in Jazz history, joining Rusty LaRue (2000-01), Mikki Moore (2003-04) and Louis Amundson (2006-07).

The Jamaica, N.Y., native had averages of 23.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 6.9 assists in 14 games with the D-League’s Idaho Stampede prior to being signed by the Jazz.  Gaines was selected by the Stampede in the first round (15th overall pick) of the 2009 NBA D-League Draft after spending the 2008-09 campaign in Italy with NGC Cantu.  The former Southeastern Conference Tournament MVP was not selected in the 2008 NBA Draft.