FOUR BITS: Prather, Gillislee, Bonner, Wuerffel

By Adam Silverstein
August 26, 2014

1 » Former Florida Gators forward Casey Prather has been given a second chance at latching on with an NBA team after agreeing to join the Phoenix Suns in training camp on a non-guaranteed contract. Phoenix currently has 13 guaranteed contracts on its roster as well as one open roster spot. Prather will be competing with veteran center Earl Barron for that job. After spending the month of July playing for the Atlanta Hawks during NBA Summer League games in Las Vegas, Nevada, Prather was not retained or signed by another team. He averaged 5.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 20 minutes per game.

Both of Prather’s fellow undrafted teammates out of Florida, C Patric Young and point guard Scottie Wilbekin, have landed professional contracts. Young signed a two-year, $1.35 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, while Wilbekin inked a deal with the Cairns Taipans of the Australian Basketball League.

2 » The Miami Dolphins on Tuesday placed running back Mike Gillislee (hamstring) on injured reserve, ending his sophomore NFL season before it truly began. Gillislee, who was inactive most weeks after being selected with the No. 164 overall pick in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, worked hard during the offseason and looked to have earned a backup job early in camp. Unfortunately, a hamstring injury coupled with the return of veteran Knowshon Moreno pushed Gillislee down the depth chart and squarely onto the bubble. The Dolphins, who were unexpectedly impressed with undrafted free agent Damien Williams and need to ensure they carry healthy bodies into the season, liked what they saw in Gillislee and avoided cutting him by stashing him on injured reserve for the season. He will earn more than $536,000 while sidelined this offseason and rejoin the team in 2015 with two years and $1.3 million left on his contract. Gillislee will have to earn his roster spot after hardly being active as a rookie and missing his entire second season.

3 » San Antonio Spurs F Matt Bonner, despite playing a career-low 11.3 minutes per game last season, apparently had a number of suitors in the offseason, telling the San Antonio Express-News that he “had several teams calling me to check about my availability.” Nevertheless, Bonner decided the Spurs were his No. 1 priority and “stayed patient” until the team came to its decision. He also dismissed the notion that he is a simple guy and does not splurge on himself, something that his teammates have joked about in the past. “My Impala is the LTZ top trim model. I’ll eat at any restaurant I want now,” he said. “In the past, I would always wait until 10 o’clock so I could get the Domino’s late night deal. But now, if I want pizza, I’ll go to a gourmet pizza place at 4 o’clock if I feel like it. To me, that’s splurging.”

Also, here’s Bonner doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge while in Naples, Italy.

4 » Former Florida quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Tuesday. In addition to Wuerffel being generous with his time by participating in the challenge, he also looks to be in fantastic shape as he continues his recovery after being inflicted with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a nervous system disorder, in 2011.

Former Gators star running back Emmitt Smith assisted with another ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, pouring a cooler of cold water on a random kid seemingly as a way to get out of doing it himself.


  1. Dave Massey says:

    Too bad about Gillislee, he did have to wait a long time with the Gators to get his chance so maybe that is a good omen.

    Don’t blame Bonner for waiting for the Spurs, he can make a fortune with them in playoff money, don’t see them fading anytime soon, by the way Adam, how much did he make last year in playoff bucks?

    Emmitt is really starting to be a disappointing ex-Gator, he was more worried about getting his shoes wet, put a dress on him.

    • I don’t know what Bonner made in the playoffs.

    • Michael Jones says:

      Emmitt is just weird. A little different. Odd, maybe. Hate to think of him as being a bad Gator, though, although I understand he’s drawn quite a bit of criticism for not mentioning UF in his HOF speech.

      Will always be a Gillislee fan. He should have played a lot more during Demps’ and Rainey’s senior years.

      • Ken (CA) says:

        I took a lot of heat for my comments on Emmitt here after that speech, including from Adam, I hate to say I told ya so, but…

        On the flip side, there are a lot of good reasons not to involve yourself in the ice bucket challenge depending on your beliefs. It has been noted that less than 50% of donations actually go to ALS, rest goes to salaries and other expenses of the charity. There is also the issue for abortion opponents that a majority of their research goes to stem cell research, which many disagree with.

        Gillislie’s injury is a sham but at least the have the confidence in him to not cut him, just put him on IR, so he still has room to work with.

        Adam – not sure if you saw it or what your relationship is with Fox News on reprinting their articles, but there was a great article about what Timmy and his foundation did this weekend for his Make a Wish side of his foundation for a terminal kid this weekend there today, that would be awesome to link here or if you can build your own article from your sources, very heartwarming for folks to know.

  2. uf_84 says:

    What’s with all the criticism of Emmitt? Am I the only one who heard him say he had already done it?

    So he doesn’t mention UF with every other breath he takes. They weren’t exactly the best of times the years he played here, but they would have been a lot worse if not for him. He came back and earned his degree and he’s never had a single incident of trouble with the law or drug use or anything else that would tarnish his reputation.

    Emmitt is a class act, and I for one will always consider him to be one of the greatest players to ever put on the orange and blue and a great gator.

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