Jazz notes: Koufos assigned to D-League's Flash

Published January 24, 2010 5:36 pm
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Second-year center Kosta Koufos has played only 76 minutes in 21 games for the Jazz so far this season.

He's about to get busy.

The Jazz have sent Koufos, their first-round pick in the 2008 draft, to the Utah Flash of the NBA Development League.

He is scheduled to play in the Flash's game tonight against Maine at the McKay Events Center in Orem.

Koufos was assigned to the D-League after practicing with the Jazz on Sunday morning.

"We're excited about it and I hope he is, too," Flash coach Brad Jones said. "For Kosta, it's an opportunity to play. He needs to play and he'll get plenty of opportunity with us."

Last season, Kosta played 10 games for the Flash. He averaged 16.7 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.6

In extremely limited action for the Jazz this season, Koufos averaged 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds.

He played 81/2 minutes in Saturday night's 116-83 win over New Jersey. Looking like he needs a dose of confidence, however, Koufos went scoreless and committed four turnovers.

The Flash reached the halfway point of their 50-game regular season with a 14-11 record.

Here come the Suns

The Jazz play Phoenix tonight at EnergySolutions Arena.

It is thefirst of a four-game season series between the teams, which are in a virtual tie for sixth place in the Western Conference standings.

The Jazz and Suns are only one-half game behind fifth-place San Antonio and one game behind fourth-place Portland.

"It's an important game," Deron Williams said. "... It's a game we should get up for. The way it's going, every game is important, especially against teams you're fighting against. So it's definitely a huge game for us."

As always, the Suns are led by veteran point guard Steve Nash , who needs only two assists for 8,000 in his career.

Nash ranks eighth on the NBA's all-time list.

"Anytime you have a player like Steve Nash, it puts pressure on you," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said.

Gaining Gaines

The Jazz have decided to sign rookie point guard Sundiata Gaines for the rest of the season, according to team spokesman Jonathan Rinehart .

The signing will become official this morning, when the NBA office opens for business.

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