The Bucks added some backcourt depth Wednesday, signing D-League point guard Jorge Gutierrez to a 10-day contract. Milwaukee will also sign Kenyon Martin, whose second 10-day contract is set to expire Wednesday, for the remainder of the season, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Gutierrez played 15 games under Jason Kidd in Brooklyn last season after signing with the team in March. He averaged 4.1 points and 2.0 assists in just over 16 minutes per game, with his best performance coming on the final night of the regular season, when he scored 13 points, including a pair of three-pointers, to go with two assists in 33 minutes against the Cavaliers.
The Cal product, undrafted in 2012, was a member of the Nets’ Orlando Summer League team and opened the 2014-15 in Brooklyn before being dealt to Philadelphia in mid-December. He was waived shortly after the trade and has since joined the Canton Charge of the D-League. In six games with Canton, Gutierrez was averaging 15.2 points and 6.0 assists in 35.7 minutes per game.
Gutierrez will essentially step into the role vacated by the departure of Nate Wolters (waived) and absence of Kendall Marshall (torn ACL). Milwaukee has been getting by with two true point guards since Marshall went down in London, so Gutierrez will mostly provide insurance behind Brandon Knight and Jerryd Bayless. However, his familiarity with Kidd and other members of the staff is big. He might not be a double-digit minutes guy each night, but the Bucks brought him in for a reason, and Kidd has not shied away from digging deep into his bench this season.
While the Bucks have a full, 15-man roster, Gutierrez can be added as a replacement for the suspended Larry Sanders after the team moved him to the “suspended list.” League rules stipulate that after a player has served five games of his suspension – Sanders is halfway through his 10-game ban – a team may replace that player on the roster until the suspension ends. Sanders’ suspension is up on Feb. 6 after the Bucks play in Houston, but the league will ultimately have the final say as to whether he’s fulfilled the obligations of his treatment program. And even if he has, it seems unlikely Sanders would return to action immediately.