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Report: Nets signing Jorge Gutierrez

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The Nets have a clear 1-2 at point guard with Jeremy Lin and Greivis Vasquez.

Beyond that, it gets murky.

Randy Foye and Isaiah Whitehead are combo guards. Yogi Ferrell‘s deal is just partially guaranteed.

Another candidate to be third point guard? Former Nets third point guard Jorge Gutierrez.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Brooklyn has 15 players, the regular-season roster limit, with guaranteed salaries. But the Nets are so far under the salary floor, they probably wouldn’t hesitate to eat a guaranteed contract if Gutierrez wins the job.

Gutierrez broke into the NBA with the Nets in 2014, when they were run by deposed general manager Billy King and coach Jason Kidd. It seems more coincidental than institutional Gutierrez is returning to Brooklyn under the Sean Marks/Kenny Atkins regime.

In stints with Kidd’s Bucks and the Hornets, Gutierrez has continued to look like a fringe NBA player. He’s a decent defender, but his lack of outside shooting holds him back.

Mexico beats Argentina, Canada has top seed in FIBA Americas

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Gustavo Ayon scored 16 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter and Mexico overcame a 15-point deficit to hand Argentina its first loss of the Olympic qualifier, 95-83 on Wednesday night in the last game of the second round.

Ayon also grabbed 14 rebounds, while Jorge Gutierrez scored 23 points and Francisco Cruz added 21 for the Mexicans. They earned the No. 2 seed and will face Argentina again Friday night in the FIBA Americas semifinals.

Earlier, Canada beat the Dominican Republic 120-103 to finish first and will play Venezuela in the other semifinal.

The winners will get the two Americas’ berths into the 2016 Olympics. The losers will play in the 2016 FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament.

Mexico is trying to qualify for its first Olympics since Montreal in 1976.

Luis Scola scored 26 points and Andres Nocioni added 21 for Argentina.

Canada won its seventh straight game as Cory Joseph scored 17 points to lead a balanced attack.

Anthony Bennett and Nik Stauskas each scored 14 points for a Canadian team that features nine NBA players and is one of the favorites to earn one of the berths in Rio.

“We did the job in a tough day because we played an emotional game last night,” said Canada coach Jay Triano, whose team beat Mexico on Tuesday night. “The legs were tired and we needed to turn it around quickly against a team that plays unconventional basketball. I’m happy with the win and we have 48 hours to prepare for the big game.”

Canada is trying to qualify for its first Olympic games since Sydney in 2000.

Venezuela qualified for the semifinal round with a 75-62 victory over Panama.

John Cox scored 21 points and Heissler Guillent came off the bench to add 13 for the Venezuelans, who are trying to qualify for their first Olympics since Barcelona in 1992.

Venezuela was a surprise because it came to the tournament without three of its best players: Greivis Vasquez of the Milwaukee Bucks, Luis Bethelmy and Gregory Echenique.

“No one saw us as guests to the dance of the final four, but we are there and we earned it,” said Venezuela coach Nestor Garcia. “Everybody thinks that we are a team that’s one step below the other three and we are going to use that to our advantage because we have everything to win and nothing to lose.”

Also Wednesday, J.J. Barea scored 19 points, Renaldo Balkman added 17 and Puerto Rico got an 80-69 victory over Uruguay to finish fifth and clinch a spot in the 2016 FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament, to be played July 4-10.

“The first half was the best defensive effort that I have seen in a long time. I’m really proud with this group,” Puerto Rico coach Rick Pitino said. “We came in here limping, but we will play next summer with a healthy team and we will try to make it to Rio.”

Argentina, Mexico advance to the Olympic qualifier semis

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MEXICO CITY (AP) Luis Scola scored 16 points to help Argentina beat Panama 84-57 on Monday to remain undefeated and became the first team to progress to the Olympic qualifier semifinals.

Jorge Gutierrez, a point-guard who plays for Milwaukee, scored a basket with 8.9 seconds to play and Mexico rallied from an 11-point deficit to defeat Venezuela 73-70 to remain undefeated and also qualified for the semis.

Andres Nocioni added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Argentinians, who are trying to qualify for their fourth straight Olympics.

Argentina still has two games left to play in the second round against Dominican Republic and Mexico but secured its spot in the semifinals with 10 points.

Michael Hicks scored 15 points for Panama.

Gutierrez finished with 20 points and seven rebounds, Gustavo Ayon added 14 points and 11 rebounds for Mexico, looking for its first Olympic berth since Montreal 1976.

Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points as Canada won its fifth straight by beating Uruguay 109-82. Six more players finished with double digits in points, including Andrew Nicholson with 15 and 10 boards, Nik Stauskas with 14 points and Brian Heslip with 13 points.

Canada needs another win on Tuesday against Mexico to secure a place in the semifinals.

“We have grown as a team and we know that we are deep and that if we need to go to the bench we are going to be fine,” Canada coach Jay Triano said. “I told the guys to play as hard as they can because they guy behind the starter can come in and do the same. I don*t know how many teams here can do that, not only for one game but in the whole tournament.”

Argentina and Mexico lead the tournament with 10 points, Canada has nine, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic seven each, Puerto Rico and Panama have six and Uruguay is last with five.

The top two teams will get berths to Rio in 2016. The teams finishing from third to fifth will qualify for the 2016 FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament, set to be played on July 4-10.

Also on Monday, Jose Juan Barea had 37 points to give Puerto Rico a 98-92 victory over the Dominican Republic to keep its hopes alive to finish in the top five of the tournament in pursuit of its first Olympic berth since 2004 in Athens.

“I*m proud of this team because the players are tired, they are beaten buy they keep fighting and we*re on the hunt for that fifth spot,” said Puerto Rico coach Rick Pitino. “We have a chance to qualify and we are going to everything possible to achieve that goal”.

Francisco Garcia scored 25 points for the Dominicans, who are still alive in the fight to qualify for the semifinals, but they need to win their last two games and help from other teams.