In a new series, we at The Brooklyn Game examine the players on this Nets roster that have a decision to make — and what the Nets can do. Today’s look is at Jorge Gutierrez.
What the Nets can offer Jorge Gutierrez:
Gutierrez is signed through 2014-2015, but as a non-guaranteed team option. The Nets will have plenty of time to watch the D-League call-up throughout the summer and training camp before making a decision. He has a guarantee if he makes the team’s training camp, but it’s a measly $25,000. But if the Nets decide to keep him, they’d only pay the minimum of around $816,000 for his services.
It’d be a steal for the backup point guard that was signed in March and leapfrogged Marquis Teague on the depth chart.
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Why Jorge Gutierrez Would Stay:
This decision is entirely on the Brooklyn Nets. Gutierrez is a rookie looking for his shot to stick in the league, and he’s not going to turn down any offer. In his short stints of playing time, Gutierrez proved that he could hang within Kidd’s offense and earned his trust quickly. Besides, he means Marquis Teague has to play less, so that’s a benefit right there.
Why Jorge Gutierrez Would Go:
Reports surfaced a few weeks ago that the Nets were looking to buy into the upcoming NBA draft in June, with UConn point guard Shabazz Napier as a potential target. If the Nets are truly looking for a backup point guard this summer, through the draft or otherwise, then Gutierrez becomes irrelevant.
The Nets focus elsewhere in the draft and keep Gutierrez around for another year.