Jorge Gutierrez

Nuggets Release Elijah Millsap, Jorge Gutierrez

The Nuggets have trimmed their training camp roster by releasing Elijah Millsap and Jorge Gutierrez, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic tweets. That reduces their roster to 18 players.

Millsap, the younger brother of Paul Millsap, was added to the training camp roster on Friday. The veteran shooting guard went undrafted out of UAB in 2010 and has spent much of his career in the G League or overseas. He did appear in a total of 69 NBA regular season games between 2014-17 for the Jazz and Suns, averaging 4.2 PPG and 2.8 RPG in limited action (16.2 MPG).

Gutierrez signed a training camp contract less than a week ago. The 30-year-old guard was last seen in the NBA during the 2015-16 with Charlotte. He’s also played for the Nets and Bucks.

Gutierrez has played in Turkey and Spain since his last NBA stint.

Nuggets Sign Jorge Gutiérrez To Training Camp Deal

Jorge Gutiérrez has been added to the Nuggets‘ training camp roster, tweets Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports. Gutierrez has prior NBA experience, playing a combined 47 games with the Nets, Bucks and Hornets.

The 30-year-old guard has been overseas since leaving the NBA, spending time in Turkey and Spain. He signed with Brooklyn in 2014 and was later traded to Philadelphia, which immediately waived him. He caught on with Milwaukee at the end of 2014/15 and Charlotte at the end of the following season.

The signing leaves Denver one player below the training camp roster limit of 20. The Nuggets have 14 guaranteed contracts and both two-way slots already filled, so Gutierrez is facing long odds to earn a roster spot.

Jorge Gutierrez To Play In Turkey

Free agent guard Jorge Gutierrez will head overseas after being cut last month by the Nets, according to international basketball journalist David Pick, who reports (via Twitter) that Gutierrez is signing with Turkish team Trabzonspor.

An undrafted point guard out of the University of California, Gutierrez has appeared in 47 total NBA games since 2014, debuting for the Nets and also spending time with the Bucks and Hornets. For his career, he has averaged 2.9 PPG, 1.5 APG, and 1.1 RPG, while shooting 50.0% from the field. Gutierrez has spent more time over the past several seasons in the D-League, playing 122 contests for the Canton Charge.

Gutierrez was one of a handful of players waived by the Nets during preseason roster cutdowns, joining Chase Budinger and a few other teammates on the waiver wire. Like Budinger, he’ll play professional ball internationally rather than heading to Brooklyn’s D-League affiliate with Beau Beech, Yogi Ferrell, and Egidijus Mockevicius.

The timing of the move is interesting, as the Nets may be in need of point guard help, having announced today that Jeremy Lin will miss at least the next two weeks with a strained hamstring. With Greivis Vasquez and Caris LeVert also ailing, the Nets’ backcourt is thin and Gutierrez is a player with whom the club is familiar.

Still, Brooklyn has 15 guaranteed contracts on its books, so the team is unlikely to make a roster move for a short-term fix. And in any case, it seems Gutierrez wouldn’t be an option, now that he has committed to Trabzonspor.

Nets Waive Chase Budinger, Three Others

The Nets have reduced their roster from 20 players to 16 today, announcing in a press release that they’ve requested waivers on four players. Chase Budinger, Jorge Gutierrez, Beau Beech, and Egidijus Mockevicius are the roster casualties in Brooklyn.

Budinger and Gutierrez are the most notable names in the Nets’ list of Tuesday cuts. Budinger has logged more than 400 NBA regular season games over the course of his seven-year career, while Gutierrez has appeared in regular-season contests with three different teams in the last three seasons. Both players were on non-guaranteed contracts, however, and it seems neither will earn a spot on Brooklyn’s 15-man roster.

Beech and Mockevicius were also camp invitees, though they each received modest guarantees on their minimum salary deals — Mockevicius got $100K from the Nets, while Beech received $45K. Still, both players were viewed as long shots to make the club’s regular season roster as undrafted free agents, and seem like good bets to join the D-League’s Long Island Nets.

With 16 players still in the mix, the Nets have to make one more cut before opening night. The most likely candidate to be waived is Yogi Ferrell, the only other player on the roster who doesn’t have a fully guaranteed salary for 2016/17.

Nets Sign Jorge Gutierrez To Camp Deal

SEPTEMBER 26: The Nets have formally announced their roster for training camp, which includes Gutierrez, making his deal official.

SEPTEMBER 21: The Nets have filled out their offseason roster by agreeing to bring Jorge Gutierrez in on a training camp deal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical (via Twitter). Gutierrez will become the 20th man on Brooklyn’s camp roster, with the team having reached an agreement with 19th man Chase Budinger earlier this afternoon.

An undrafted point guard out of the University of California, Gutierrez has appeared in 47 total NBA games since 2014, debuting for the Nets and also spending time with the Bucks and Hornets. For his career, he has averaged 2.9 PPG, 1.5 APG, and 1.1 RPG, while shooting 50.0% from the field.

Gutierrez has spent more time over the past several seasons in the D-League, playing 122 contests for the Canton Charge. With 15 players on guaranteed salaries for the Nets, plus Budinger, Beau Beech, Yogi Ferrell, and Egidijus Mockevicius also in the mix, it will be an uphill battle for Gutierrez to earn a spot on the team’s regular-season roster, so another stint in the D-League may be on the horizon for him.

Gutierrez was one of a handful of players who participated in an informal workout on Tuesday for the Nets. Veteran free agents Kendall Marshall and P.J. Hairston were also spotted at the team’s facility.

Nets Hold Informal Free Agent Workout

The Nets currently have 18 players under contract, including 15 with fully guaranteed deals, which means the team still has two available training camp spots it could fill. Brooklyn may be moving toward maxing out its preseason roster, holding workouts today for unrestricted free agents P.J. Hairston, Jorge Gutierrez and Kendall Marshall, NetsDaily reports. A league source told NetsDaily that the trio were at the team’s facility just to get some court time and that no decisions have been made on any of them. But, it’s also possible, even likely, that there were others present in what amounted to a last minute free agent mini-camp, NetsDaily writes.

The presence of the two point guards (Gutierrez and Marshall), could indicate that Greivis Vasquez, who is slated to back-up starter Jeremy Lin, may not be fully recovered in time for opening night from surgery to repair a bone spur, the scribe notes. This may also mean that rookie Isaiah Whitehead could be called upon to provide meaningful minutes earlier than anticipated, NetsDaily adds.

Hairston, 23, appeared in 66 games last season split between the Hornets and Grizzlies, averaging 6.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 19.9 minutes per outing. The former No. 26 overall pick’s shooting line on the campaign was .355/.290/.781. Hairston reportedly worked out for the Lakers back in Au.gust.

Gutierrez, 27, made 12 appearances in 2015/16 for the Hornets, averaging 1.8 points, 0.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 5.3 minutes per night. His shooting line was .545/.000/.909. The point guard also made 22 appearances for the Canton Charge, Cleveland’s D-League affiliate, averaging 11.3 PPG, 4.2 RPG and 5.7APG.

Marshall’s best season as a pro came in 2013/14, when he averaged 29 minutes per game in 54 contests for the Lakers. The former UNC standout averaged a career-high 8.0 PPG and 8.8 APG that year, while shooting 39.9% on three-point attempts. Marshall has taken a step back since then, though he was off to a solid start as a backup for the Bucks in 2014/15 before he suffered a season-ending ACL injury. He made 30 appearances for the Sixers last season, logging averages of 3.7 points and 2.4 assists in 13.3 minutes per contest.

Hornets Sign Jorge Gutierrez For Rest Of Season

FRIDAY, 8:18am: The signing is official, the team announced.

THURSDAY, 12:28pm: The Hornets will sign Jorge Gutierrez to a contract that covers the rest of the season, a source tells Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer (Twitter link). The signing will take place Friday, according to Bonnell, after Gutierrez’s second 10-day contract expires tonight. Most signings that take place this time of the year are for the prorated minimum salary, which would give Gutierrez about $190K, though Charlotte still has its prorated mid-level exception worth about $3.5MM.

Regardless of the terms, the 27-year-old point guard is apparently set to become the 15th Hornets player signed through at least the end of the season, closing off the team’s roster flexibility. That’s even though he’s totaled only 14 minutes across three games so far and hasn’t appeared in Charlotte’s last three contests. He performed well in his sharply limited playing time, making every shot he took as he racked up nine points, three assists and two turnovers. Hornets coach Steve Clifford has frequently praised him, a signal that Gutierrez was likely to stick, Bonnell observed Wednesday (Twitter link).

Once the signing becomes official, it’ll be the third year in a row that Gutierrez will have followed two 10-day contracts with a deal for the rest of the season, as our 10-Day Contract Tracker shows. The contracts he signed for the rest of the 2013/14 season with the Nets and the rest of the 2014/15 season with the Bucks were multiyear arrangements, but both teams ultimately waived him before those deals ran to term. It’s not immediately clear whether Gutierrez will have multiple seasons on his latest pact with the Hornets. Charlotte faces uncertainty after this season, with Nicolas Batum and Al Jefferson headed to free agency and $46MM in guaranteed salary already committed against a salary cap expected to fall between $90MM and $95MM.

Hornets Sign Jorge Gutierrez To Second 10-Day

TUESDAY, 9:09am: The signing is official, the team announced via press release. The contract will cover five games, against the Suns, Sixers Pacers, Timberwolves and Pelicans.

MONDAY, 10:07pm: The Hornets will sign point guard Jorge Gutierrez to a second 10-day contract, sources informed Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical on Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). Charlotte brought in Gutierrez to fill the role of third-string point guard. He has appeared in just one game, a four-minute stint against the Cavaliers on February 24th.

The 27-year-old was in training camp with the Bucks earlier this season but did not make the opening night roster. Before signing with Charlotte, Gutierrez appeared in 22 games this season for the Canton Charge, the Cavs’ D-League affiliate, where he averaged 11.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 27.8 minutes per outing.

The playmaker appeared in a total of 35 NBA contests over the prior three seasons, 25 with the Nets and 10 more with the Bucks. The 6’3” Gutierrez was not drafted in 2012 after playing for the University of California and being named the Pac-12 Player of the Year as a senior. He had summer league stints with the Nuggets and Kings as well as the Nets.

Hornets Sign Jorge Gutierrez To 10-Day Pact

SATURDAY, 12:03pm: The signing is official, the team announced.

FRIDAY, 7:37pm: The Hornets intend to sign free agent point guard Jorge Gutierrez to a 10-day deal, Chris Reichert of Upside & Motor relays (on Twitter). Charlotte currently has a vacant roster spot with only 14 players under contract, so no corresponding move will be required to add Gutierrez. He will act as the team’s third point guard, Reichert notes.

The 27-year-old was in training camp with the Bucks earlier this season but failed to secure a regular season roster slot. Gutierrez dished out 11 assists against only three turnovers in approximately 47 minutes of preseason action, notching a total of 12 points along the way, but it wasn’t enough for him to stick with the team. The playmaker has appeared in a total of 35 NBA contests in his career, owning averages of 3.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists to accompany a slash line of .495/.200/.720.

Gutierrez has appeared in 22 games this season for the Canton Charge, the Cavs’ D-League affiliate, and he’s averaging 11.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 27.8 minutes per outing. His shooting line is .431/.205/.844.

Jorge Gutierrez Joins Cavs D-League Team

7:17pm: Gutierrez has officially joined the Charge, the team announced.

10:40am: Former Nets, Sixers and Bucks point guard Jorge Gutierrez has signed with the D-League affiliate of the Cavaliers, a league source tells Chris Reichert of Upside & Motor (Twitter link). The team has yet to make an official announcement. Milwaukee waived his non-guaranteed contract in October, before the start of the regular season. He remains eligible to sign with any NBA team.

Cleveland’s D-League affiliate, the Canton Charge, has had Gutierrez under contract for part of each of the last three seasons, so the Charge are able to sign him directly. Gutierrez would have been subject to D-League waivers and up for grabs among all 19 affiliates if not for the Charge’s returning player rights on him.

The former University of California standout who turns 27 later this month has played a limited role during his two NBA seasons, compiling 3.3 points, 1.5 assists and 0.7 turnovers in 12.0 minutes per game across 35 total appearances. Friday is the one-year anniversary of the trade that sent him, along with Andrei Kirilenko, from Brooklyn to Philadelphia, but the Sixers waived Gutierrez the next day, reportedly while he was sitting on the team bus and even though they’d assured him that they’d keep him. He resurfaced in the NBA later in the 2014/15 season on a pair of 10-day contracts with Milwaukee, which ultimately signed him to a deal that covered the balance of the season with a non-guaranteed salary for 2015/16.

Gutierrez averaged 13.5 points, 5.1 assists and 2.5 turnovers in 29.7 minutes per game across 15 appearances for Canton last season in between his NBA stints. Those numbers aren’t eye-popping, but he’s made his mark on defense. He was a D-League All-Defensive First Team selection in 2013 and 2014 and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, his final collegiate season.