The Brooklyn Nets have 15 guaranteed contracts on their roster so they are set for the season, but they announced the signings of four new players on Monday who will be invited to training camp nonetheless – Gary Forbes, Chris Johnson, Jorge Gutierrez, and Marko Jaric. All four contracts are non-guaranteed.
Like I said, none of these players have a shot at making the roster. Even if there was an injury, it would have to be a serious 2-3 month injury for the Nets to actually consider one of these players for the roster out of camp and even then there are no guarantees. However, there is always that possibility so this is more of an insurance policy.
What they are really playing for is a chance to make the Nets’ NBA Developmental League team, the Springfield Armor, as they get the rights to the last three players cut from training camp.
Forbes, a 6-foot-7 forward and Brooklyn product from Benjamin Banneker, was a free agent after spending last season in China. He also played during parts of two seasons, in 2010-2012, in the NBA for the Nuggets and Raptors. In 111 NBA games, Forbes averaged 15.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per 36 minutes with an effective field goal percentage of 47.8 while playing 13.5 minutes per night. Forbes was interviewed by Brooklyn Eagle Sports back in Aug. and at the time he said that he was still looking for a job, but hadn’t worked out with the Nets at that point.
Jaric is a 6-foot-7 guard who played for parts of seven seasons in the NBA for the Clippers, Timberwolves and Grizzlies from 2002-2009. He averaged 10.2 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds per 36 minutes with an effective field goal percentage of 45.3.
Gutierrez, a 6-foot-3 guard, went undrafted in the 2012 NBA draft after leaving the University of California. Last season he played for the D-League team the Canton Charge where he averaged 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 50 games. His 89 steals ranked fourth in the D-League last year and he made the All-Rookie First Team and the All-Defensive First Team.
Johnson is a 6-foot-6 forward. After he went undrafted in the 2012 draft, but he did eventually play in eight games for the Grizzlies where he averaged 10.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per 36 minutes with an effective field goal percentage of 56.0. He also played in the D-League for the Rio Grande Vipers. There he averaged 10.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in 39 games.