Brooklyn, NY – The Brooklyn Nets have signed free agent forwards Gary Forbes and Chris Johnson, as well as guards Jorge Gutierrez and Marko Jaric, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not released. The Nets training camp roster stands at 19 players.
Forbes, a 6'7" forward out of the University of Massachusetts, played two seasons (2010-2012) in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets and the Toronto Raptors, averaging 5.8 points and 2.0 rebounds in 111 games (13 starts). He also played one season in the NBA Development League out of college with the Sioux Falls Skyforce and the Tulsa 66ers, having appeared in 52 games with averages 17.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Additionally, Forbes played professionally in the Philippines, Italy, Israel and China. Forbes grew up in Brooklyn and attended Benjamin Banneker Academy.
Gutierrez, a 6'3" guard, out of the University of California, Berkeley, went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft. He spent the 2012-13 season with the Canton Charge in the NBA Development League, where he appeared in 50 games (43 starts), averaging 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 31.3 minutes of play. He registered 89 total steals for the season, ranked fourth in the D-League last season. Gutierrez concluded the season named to the NBA D-League All-Rookie First Team and the NBA D-League All-Defensive First Team.
Jaric, a 6'7" guard, played seven years in the NBA before spending the 2010-11 season overseas with Montepaschi in Italy. Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2000 NBA Draft, Jarić went on to play with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Memphis Grizzlies. Appearing in 447 career games (221 starts) in the NBA, he holds career averages of 7.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.3 steals in 25.2 minutes per game.
Johnson, a 6'6" forward, played four years at the University of Dayton. Undrafted in 2012 NBA Draft, he started the 2012-13 season with the Rio Grande Vipers in the NBA Development League before signing two 10-day contracts with the Memphis Grizzlies, where he averaged 3.6 points and 1.4 rebounds in eight games. He averaged 10.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 39 total games (24 starts) with Rio Grande.