Bucks Sign Gutierrez To 10-Day Deal, Will Keep Martin

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.

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  1. I’m concerned about if this signing of Jorge is better than Nate, who never really had a chance this season to show how much improvement he may have made since last season.

    As for our current roster, I don’t really consider Brandon a point guard. He does make some nice assists, but seems to alternate them with head-scratching turnovers. I don’t know about Jerryd being a true point guard, either, but maybe.

    I’m wondering more and more if Jason Kidd is the real general manager for the Bucks. I’m not sure why he would have left his coaching job with the Nets if he wasn’t going to get additional power with the Bucks. If this is the case, we sure are putting a lot of power in the hands of Kidd, the fate of the Bucks for perhaps years to come. Does he really have the credentials for such a lofty position? Even the way he left the Nets and came to the Bucks, is that an indication of top integrity and outstanding loyalty that we want to show to our players? I’m not sure of the answers, but I think they’re worth discussing.

    As for Kenyon, I was kind of hoping we would be trading away veterans rather than adding them. If Jason Kidd is so fond of veterans, why didn’t he stay with the Nets? Anyway, this team is moving in a much different direction than I had hoped, that is away from a youth movement. Whether that’s good or bad is up for honest debate, but for all the real good that is going on with the Bucks this season, we’re still basically a five-hundred team in horribly weak conference. I’m starting to wish we were in the powerful Western Conference so that there wouldn’t be any delusions about the Bucks being an especially special team.

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