GuardJorge Gutierrez hasn’t played all that much for the Brooklyn Nets this season, but the team made it clear they like what they have seen, as they’ve announced a small contract between the sides that runs through the remainder of this season and 2014-15.
And if the Nets are willing to make such a commitment after just two 10-day contracts and minimal playing time, they may believe that Gutierrez has what it takes to not only play in this league, but also make solid contributions to the team as a regular part of their rotation. However, the greater likelihood is that they’re already looking to save money for next season.
Either way, the move is a brilliant one.
As far as the short-term goes, Gutierrez remaining on board until the end of this season will provide Brooklyn with one final insurance policy in the event of multiple, unforeseen injuries. After all, you can never be too safe.
But the potential long-term notions behind the signing could prove to be even more beneficial moving forward. If Gutierrez does prove himself worthy of being a rotation player during training camp and the preseason, and he does go on to make a significant impact, the Nets will receive a steal considering his low pricetag. In addition, having him under contract could also translate to one less veteran they would need to sign at that position next season, who would likely cost them more money than Gutierrez.
Overall, it’s a win-win move by the Nets. If Gutierrez works out, excellent. If he doesn’t, the amount of money they’ll probably have to eat won’t be exorbitant.
Not too shabby at all.