The Toronto Raptors have added point guard Sundiata Gaines to their roster, providing some sort-term relief for the team's two other injury-plagued point guards as the team looks ahead to a gruelling six-game road trip.
The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday they have signed guard Gaines to a 10-day contract, and he would be available for Friday's home game against the Detroit Pistons. On Saturday, Toronto kicks off a road trip that will see them face formidable teams in the East and West, including the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic.
Toronto's two point guards have battled a number of injuries since before the Christmas break. Starter Jose Calderon's suffered Plantar fasciitis on his left foot and a twisted right ankle, while backup Jerryd Bayless is still playing with the effects of a twisted left ankle.
A 6 foot 1 point guard, Gaines has appeared in 40 regular season games with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz averaging 3.2 points, 1.1 assists and 7.0 minutes. He was signed by Minnesota on November 12 and saw action in eight games totalling 21 points, six assists and 65 minutes. He was released by the Timberwolves on January 4.
Before joining the Jazz last January, he played with the Idaho Stampede of the NBA's developmental league and also played professionally in Italy.