Nets sign Chris Johnson, Jorge Gutierrez, Gary Forbes to training camp deals

Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

The Nets have signed three players to training camp deals:

--Chris Johnson, a 23-year-old shooting guard out of Dayton who played for Memphis and the Rio Grande Vipers of the D-League last season;

--Jorge Gutierrez, a 24-year-old 6'3" point guard out of of Cal who played for the Canton Charge of the D-League last season and won a gold medal for Mexico this month at FIBA Americas. He was PAC-10 Player of the Year in 2012.

--Gary Forbes, a 28-year-old 6'7" small forward who was one of Brooklyn's greatest high school players and has played for the Nuggets, Raptors and Rockets. Since leaving UMass, Forbes has also played in China, the Dominican Republic, Israel, the Philippines, Venezuela and Italy. A native of Panama, he has played for the Panamanian national team.

The Nets may sign a fourth camp invite, also with NBA experience, a league source told NetsDaily.

Interestingly enough, Johnson's NBA career-high (10 points) came on January 25 of this past year as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies against, yes, the Brooklyn Nets.

With a full roster of 15 players, the Nets are unlikely to keep any of them, barring a trade.  In addition, Gutierrez (Canton) and Johnson (Rio Grande Valley) are not eligible to be allocated to the Armor as ‘affiliate’ players. Per D-League rules, D-League team rights trump affiliate rights from an NBA team’s training camp. The same situation occurred last season with Stephen Dennis, whose D-League rights were held by Bakersfield. The Nets wanted to assign Dennis to Springfield but Bakersfield exercised its rights to him.

The Armor could if they wanted trade one or more of their D-League draft picks for the rights to Gutierrez and/or Johnson. The Armor have all their picks other than a second rounder in the eight-round dratt.

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