Apr 18, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Nets guard Sundiata Gaines (1) drives to the basket against New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert (21) at the Prudential Center. New York Knicks defeat the New Jersey Nets 104-95. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
Young is 6-6 wing heading into his fourth NBA season after three years with the Memphis Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers. Young averaged 6.6 points per game and 1.8 rebounds per game in his first three seasons. No doubt there is some lingering admiration for Young at the Fieldhouse from his rookie workout with the Pacers when he showed up ready to work after injuring his arm the day before in Toronto when this happened.
Gaines is a 6-1 point guard who was undrafted and made splash in his rookie year when a playing opportunity arose in Utah. Since then Gaines has bounced around with stints in Minnesota, Toronto and New Jersey. He played in 57 games last season with the Nets, averaging 5.1 points, 2.2 assists and 1.8 rebounds.
We already knew about Ahearn, the small shooting guard who has displayed exceptional shooting and scoring ability in the D-League.
These signing max out the Pacers roster at 15 heading into camp which doesn't include second round pick O.J. Johnson. Obviously, nothing is guaranteed with these three players, however these are some quality camp signings of players that can play in the league.
Camp should be plenty competitive with an abundance of guards without guaranteed contracts if you include Johnson and Lance Stephenson. Better lace 'em up tight boys!
Who should be nervous among this group? Obviously Gaines and Ahearn are first on the list, but these guys will ensure Stephenson earns his spot this year.