The Bucks announced just before tonight’s game that they have signed Jorge Gutierrez to another 10-day contract, which will keep him with the team through the All-Star Weekend. He’ll continue to fill the backup point guard role following the waiver of Nate Wolters and ACL injury to Kendall Marshall.
Gutierrez averaged 2.4 points and 0.9 assists in just over 14 minutes in his first four-game stint with the team, culminating in a 5/5, 13-point performance on Friday night agains the Houston Rockets. That performance, in addition to his steady defense in the backup role (and Jason Kidd‘s clear affection for hanging out with his former players), no doubt played into the decision to re-sign him.
The fact that the Bucks had a roster spot open bodes quite poorly for Larry Sanders’ standing with the Commissioner’s office following the 10th game of his suspension. Though the 10 games following the announcement of his suspension are up, Sanders has either not complied with the prescribed treatment program or some other factor has influenced the league to continue his suspension. It appears that determination came down to the hours before tonight’s game, as Gutierrez’s signing was announced less than an hour before tonight’s game.