The Bucks announced today that they have signed guard Jorge Gutierrez to a multi-year deal. Gutierrez had previously served two 10-day stints with the Bucks earlier this season, appearing in seven games including one start against the Raptors in Toronto.
More from the team's release:
"Gutierrez is the 59th Gatorade Call-Up of the 2014-15 NBA Development League season.
Gutierrez appeared in seven games for the Bucks earlier this season and averaged 3.6 points and 2.1 rebounds while playing 13.4 minutes per game. He made one start for Milwaukee on Feb. 2 at Toronto, and tied his career high for scoring with 13 points on Feb. 6 at Houston. He signed his initial 10-day contact on Jan. 28 and a second 10-day contract on Feb. 7.
Gutierrez has also played 15 games for the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League this season and averaged 13.5 points, 5.1 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 29.8 minutes per game."
The term "multi-year" likely means the same thing that Chris Wright's multi-year deal did last season, in that it is guaranteed through the end of this season (duh), and unguaranteed heading into next fall. Still, this allows the Bucks to control Gutierrez through the summer and see if he can show them anything.
Though the regular season is near its end, Gutierrez will be allowed to be part of the team's playoff roster, according to Andrew Gruman of Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Gutierrez will be eligible for the playoffs since he didn't sign with another NBA team after leaving the #Bucks in February.— Andrew Gruman (@AndrewGruman) April 7, 2015
Since the team moved on from Gutierrez in early February, they added Michael Carter-Williams and Tyler Ennis to their back court with Jerryd Bayless and O.J. Mayo already in the fold. In other words, it's unclear where he'll fit in. But perhaps Gutierrez's familiarity with Kidd's system will provide a steady hand of sorts if things go awry in the playoffs. That's just speculation at this point though; we'll have to wait and see how he's used in the next month and forthcoming summer.