Nets sign Jorge Gutierrez through next year

After signing him to two ten-day contracts, the Nets have signed rookie guard Jorge Gutierrez to a multi-year deal, the team announced today.

Per the rules of the CBA, the deal can only be for this year and next year, and the second year does not have to be guaranteed. The Nets signed guard Sundiata Gaines to a similar deal in 2011: after leaving the Nets impressed on his two ten-day contracts, they signed him through the next season.

Gutierrez has inched his way into the rotation over the last 20 days, getting first-half minutes to spell Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston. He’s leapfrogged Marquis Teague on the depth chart, who the Nets traded for in January. Teague has a guaranteed contract next year.

Gutierrez is the fourth Mexican-born player in NBA history. In 67 minutes over 5 games, Gutierrez has averaged 3.4 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game, hitting 8 of 13 shots.