NetsDaily: Brooklyn works out P.J. Hairston, Jorge Gutierrez, and Kendall Marshall ahead of training camp
The always eagle-eyed NetsDaily noticed that the Brooklyn Nets had at least three players in yesterday to workout during the first Sean Marks and Kenny Atkinson presser of the season. The trio, consisting of P.J. Hairston, Jorge Gutierrez, and Kendall Marshall, is a set of guards that could, theoretically, provide some much needed veteran guard presence.
With free agent signing Greivis Vasquez still on the mend and Caris LeVert far from ready, the Nets, as of now, will have to lean heavily on Jeremy Lin and rookie Isaiah Whitehead. NetsDaily breaks it down:
“Under D-League rules, the last four players cut by the Nets will automatically have their D-League rights assigned to the Long Island Nets. Of course, the players would have to agree to play for the L.I. Nets instead of heading overseas.”
Hairston, who would not come without a laundry list of issues, has loads of talent, but is yet to put it together in the NBA. While he was at the University of North Carolina, he was arrested for marijuana and weapon possession, then failed to carve out a reliable role behind Kemba Walker and Lin last season. In terms of the low risk/high rewards that the Nets are digging for these days — i.e. Trevor Booker, Anthony Bennett, and Joe Harris — Hairston might be a cheap option to fill out the roster.
Nets fans should be familiar with Gutierrez as he’s played for Brooklyn before in 2014, but then again for former head coach Jason Kidd in Milwaukee later on. Gutierrez would be most immediately comfortable with the organization and has worked with Brook Lopez before, but has the lowest ceiling of the group.
Last but not least, Marshall averaged 8.8 assists per game with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2014-2015, but hasn’t found a permanent home since then.
The Nets have 18 players under contract — 15 guaranteed, 3 partially — so there’s room for a few more training camp invites should they see fit.