The Charlotte Hornets have signed point guard Jorge Gutierrez to a 10-day contract, confirming a report in Saturday's Observer.
Gutierrez, a native of Mexico, has been playing for the Canton (Ohio) Charge in the NBA's Development League. He has played 35 games in the NBA for the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks, including two starts.
Gutierrez, who is 6-foot-3, played college ball at California and has since played professionally in Mexico. This season he’s played 22 games with the Charge (20 starts), averaging 11.3 points, 5.7 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals. Known best for his defense, Gutierrez is not a particularly strong shooter. He’s making 43 percent of his shots from the field this season and 20.5 percent from 3-point range.
The Hornets created an open roster spot Tuesday when they included P.J. Hairston and Brian Roberts in a trade that acquired Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Courtney Lee. General manager Rich Cho said then that his priority was signing a point guard to play behind Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lin, the role Roberts filled previously.
Gutierrez and Lee should both be available to play in Sunday's road game against the Nets.
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