Thursday, March 31, 2011
Nets sign West to 10-day deal, waive Ross
By Marc Stein
Update: West signing is official
The New Jersey Nets plan to sign former Atlanta Hawks guard Mario West after waiving swingman Quinton Ross on Thursday, according to sources with knowledge of New Jersey's plans.
West is expected to receive a 10-day contract, sources said, and could get a chance to claim some of the minutes that were earmarked for recent Nets signee Sundiata Gaines, who suffered a season-ending hip injury earlier this month after New Jersey signed him for the rest of this season and next season. West has averaged 0.8 points per game in 4.4 minutes per contest over three NBA seasons. He's averaging 13.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for Maine this season.
West has spent much of the past two seasons in the D-League with the Maine Red Claws after playing parts of three seasons with the Hawks and going to training camp this season with the Boston Celtics.
Ross played in 36 games for the Nets this season, averaging just 1.6 points and 0.8 rebounds in 9.8 minutes per game. The seven-year veteran missed 24 games due to injury, including 15 of the last 16 games thanks to lower-back trouble.