The Nets have signed Chase Budinger, the 6’7" journeyman small forward and Jorge Gutierrez, the 6’3" point guard who had two short stints with the Nets in 2014, Adrian Wojnarowski tweets. The two signings will bring the Nets roster to 20, the maximum. The Nets must be down to 15 by October 26.
Woj tweeted out the two signings within a half-hour of each other.
Free agent forward Chase Budinger has reached agreement on a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources told @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) September 21, 2016
Free agent guard Jorge Gutierrez has agreed to a training camp deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) September 21, 2016
Presumably, both will ink training camp deals. Camp begins next week.
Budinger, who last played for the Phoenix Suns, is a high-flying, three point shooter. He has played for the Rockets, Timberwolves (where he played with Justin Hamilton and Anthony Bennett) and the Pacers before joining the Suns in March.
The 28-year-old has career averages 7.9 points and 3.0 rebounds. He has shot 43 percent overall for his career and 35.2 percent from deep.
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Gutierrez, 27, has played with the Nets on two occasions in 2013-14, behind Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston. A fan favorite, the Mexican native signed a multi-year deal at the end of the 2014 season, but early the next season was traded to Philadelphia who released him. Since then, Gutierrez had bounced around, getting shots with the Bucks and Hornets this past season.
Gutierrez was seen Tuesday at the Nets training facility in Industry City along with Kendall Marshall and P.J. Hairston. As we reported, there likely were others working out in what amounted to a last minute free agent camp.
Of the 20 players on the roster, six are international: Gutierrez (Mexico); Bojan Bogdanovic (Croatia); Egidijus Mockevicius (Lithuania); Greivis Vasquez (Venezuela); Anthony Bennett (Canada) and Luis Scola (Argentina). Justin Hamilton has dual U.S. and Croatian citizenship.