Pacers Sign Sam Young, Sundiata Gaines

September 6 2012 at 5:03pm CST By Zach Links

The Pacers announced that they have signed small forward Sam Young and point guard Sundiata Gaines.  The press release also confirmed the signing of guard Blake Ahearn, whose deal reportedly comes with a partial guarantee.

Young became an unrestricted free agent in late June when the 76ers opted not to extend him a qualifying offer.  The 27-year-old was traded from Memphis to Philadelphia at the deadline for the rights to Ricky Sanchez in a deal that allowed the Grizzlies to get below the luxury tax threshold.  Young averaged 3.3 PPG and 1.8 RPG in 35 games for the two clubs last season.

Gaines, 26, established himself as a regular in the Nets rotation last season, serving as a backup to Deron Williams and playing alongside him as a two-guard at times.  The veteran saw 13.9 minutes per contest, averaging 5.1 PPG, 2.2 APG, and 1.9 RPG.

Ahearn was the D-League's top scorer last season, averaging 23.8 PPG and 5.1 APG in 37 games for the Reno Bighorns.  The 27-year-old has built a reputation as a sharpshooter and shot 40% from three-point range last year for Reno.

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